Friday, July 31, 2015

Rekkus is Back

Shifting Hearts

Book 1 in the Wiccan Haus Series
By Dominique Eastwick
Decadent Publishing
Release date July 31st 2015
Heat Level 4
Isbn 978-1-61333-841-4

The last of his kind…
Rekkus is the last of the great Black Tiger weres, and he’s happy to stay that way. Working as head of security for the Wiccan Haus, a magical spa for inner healing, he has enough danger to keep him busy. Unfortunately, the Fates are not content with him being comfortable.

Alone and discouraged…
Dana has walked away from everything—her fiancé, family, job, and apartment. A stay at the Wiccan Haus may be the only way she can move on. But what she finds isn’t what she expects, nor is it what she thought she’d been seeking.
If they can open themselves up they might discover that being together can be better than being alone and learn that passion can burn in those who least expect it.

Meet the unusual residents of the Wiccan Haus.
The staff can get a little hairy, and not all of the guests eat what’s served in the dining hall. But the Rowan siblings do what they can to make the resort a place of healing and peace, using all of their years of practice. At the Haus, where humans and paranormals reside side by side, everyone in need of the services are welcome. If some happens to fall in love then all the better.

Welcome to the Wiccan Haus.

“It’s not safe for you here with me. I left you alone last night, but, if you stay, I’m not sure I can honor a request to stop a second time.”

“I felt it, too,” she blurted, unable to keep it to herself any longer.

Rekkus moved so fast, she never saw him actually take a step. Strong, wet arms wrapped around her, and her breasts pressed against his chest. His eyes searched hers. He must have seen what he searched for because his lips were on hers with feverous desire before she formed another thought, demanding she open for him. And no part of her considered denying him anything. Butterflies churned in her stomach until she shook. In all the years with Frank, and it had been a great many, she’d never felt this, like fire threatened to engulf her.

Dana wound her arms around his neck, running her fingers through his damp hair and deepening the kiss. His moan allowed her to gather the nerve and strength to urge him forward. He forced her past her comfort zone into accepting the sexy seductress screaming to be let out. She knew what he most desired because she wanted it too. Wanted him, all of him, every naked inch, right there, next to the lake, not even a ten-minute walk from the Haus. Anyone might stumble across them, and she didn’t care. It almost added to the allure of having him. What she needed it to be.

Wiccan Haus Order of Books  

Shifting Hearts by Dominique Eastwick 
A Man Worth Fighting For by Sara Daniel 
An Apple Away by Kate Richards 
Siren's Serenade by Dominique Eastwick 
Psychic Lies by Sara Daniel 
Shifter's Dance By Vanessa North 
Unveil my Heart by Nya Rayne 
Shifter's Song By Vanessa North
Finding Her A-Muse-ment by Rebecca Royce 
Guarding His Heart by Carolyn Spear 
Lifebound by Leigh Daley 
The 13th Guest by Rebecca Royce 
A Bride Worth Fighting For by Sara Daniel   

Coming Soon  

Healing his Soul's Mate by Dominique Eastwick 
Sorcerer’s Legacy by Carolyn Spear 

Award winning author Dominique Eastwick currently calls North Carolina home with her husband, two children, one crazy lab, and one lazy cat. Dominique spent much of her early life moving from state to state as a Navy Brat. Because of that traveling is one of her favorite pastimes. When she’s not writing, you can find Dominique with her second love…her camera.

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Twitter : @DominiEastwick

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Recipe Wednesday with Emma Lane

Creative author Emma Lane is here to share her latest culinary creation that can be served hot or cold and her new Regency release. The kitchen is all yours, Emma. This recipe is only a guideline for making a delicious lunch or main dish during harvest time when fresh vegetables are available. The list of vegetables is easily amendable to whatever your harvest brings. (Not beets!) Be sure to add nurturing bread like corn bread or crackers for a more substantial meal. (Okay, I used corn chex mix, but that was an emergency) A green salad is always a welcome addition.

1 diced onion (not mild and NOT garlic.)
½ diced green pepper (sweet)
2 chopped celery stalks (all sand removed)
 1 fat carrot peeled
and chopped Corn kernels (1-2 ears fresh)
1 can diced tomato or 1 lg. chopped fresh
1½ cups fresh green beans chopped (strings removed) 1 can Campbell’s Chicken and Rice soup
or 1 cup soup stock,
beef or chicken ½ pound hamburger (I use ground chuck) or left over 1 cup chopped meat or chicken* 1 med.
potato chopped into small cubes (or 2 small) 1 beef or chicken bullion cube (or 2 if stronger broth is desired.) S
prig fresh thyme or pinch or two dried Sprig of oregano or pinch of dried Small sprig of basil or pinch of dried Sprig of parsley (flat not curly)
 Optional Veggies: okra, green peas, yellow squash, small can chick peas Optional herbs/spices: pinch of chili pepper, tiny clove of garlic, sprig of cilantro.

  Tip: if you use fresh herbs tie together with kitchen string to make removal easier. *Omit the meat if you plan to serve the soup chilled. Sauté meat and set aside. Wash and chop vegetables. Fill large pot halfway with water (more or less as needed, but NOT at the last minute as it weakens the broth). Add onions and celery. Bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add carrots, corn, tomatoes, potato, soup stock or Campbell’s, bouillon cube, sprigs of herbs (remove before serving). Bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Add meat. Simmer for 10 more minutes.

 Veggies will be somewhat crisp. As it sits the flavor will increase. If serving hot, refrigerate if it’s going to be longer than a few hours before serving, and then reheat. To serve cold, refrigerate and chill for several hours. Just before serving add thinly sliced cucumber. Sit back and enjoy a brief introduction to my new release.

Can an arrogant duke overcome his prejudice against a beautiful but managing female in time to find true love and happiness?

Miss Amabel Hawkins acknowledges her unusual upbringing, but she thinks James Langley, the Duke of Westerton, might be a tad unbalanced when he protests her efforts to right his badly managed properties. The duke, who has been away on the king's business, demonstrates no respect for the beautiful but managing Miss Hawkins. Amabel has taken refuge at Westerton, fleeing from a forced marriage to a man who claims to be her relative in order to gain control of her young brother's estate. The Duke arrives home to find his estate under the firm control of a beautiful but managing female. His suspicions are fueled by his recent task of spy-hunting and he wonders if Amabel Hawkins is just who she seems. While a dastardly spy lurks, a wicked man poses as her cousin threatening to take over the guardianship of her young brother. Amabel might be falling in love, but she knows for certain the duke would never approve of a meddlesome woman, and she decides to flee his estate. Will the duke finally realize the true value of the woman he loves or will his prejudice ruin his chances forever?

  EXCERPT Fatigue and the effects of the brandy on top of the ale now gave his gait a distinct wobble. He chuckled, amused at his condition. As he reached for the portrait of great Uncle Barney, he lurched into the back of the red leather sofa in front of the cosy fire.

“Deuce take it,” he exclaimed when a rounded arm rolled into view. He spotted the gentle curve of a hip and walked around to the front, where he spied a tumbled haze of dark curls hiding a face. It is indeed a female—a sleeping female. Who was she? The gown was too rich for his household staff. Curious, he knelt beside the sofa.

“Only one way to find out,” he whispered and moved one dark curl. He sat back, satisfied when a handsome face swam into view. She sighed and rolled over, revealing a generous figure and a pair of rosy lips. She might be Sleeping Beauty—but not one of my relatives.

He leaned over and kissed those tempting lips. As he lingered there, she sighed and came partially awake. He could not resist. He deepened the kiss and sounds of satisfaction like yum and umm came from those delicious lips. Her hand stroked his face, then reached around his head to pull him closer. Delighted with this turn of events, the Duke of Westerton complied enthusiastically and extended an arm around a slender waist. How much of the ale and brandy had he imbibed? Dizziness overcame his senses as he slid down on the floor and knew no more.

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Emma Lane is a gifted author who writes under several pen-names. She lives with her patient husband on several acres outside a typical American village in Western New York. Her day job is working with flowers at her son’s plant nursery. Look for information about writing and plants on her new website. Leave a comment or a gardening question and put a smile on Emma's face. Stay connected to Emma on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

150 Years of ALICE by Chris Pavesic

150 Years of ALICE by Chris Pavesic

Liddell & Boyd (Alice in the looking glass works)_by Karl Beutel 2011
2015 marks the 150th Publication Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The story itself originates in 1862 when a girl named Alice Liddell and her two sisters rowed from Folly Bridge, Oxford, to Godstow with Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) and his clerical friend, Robinson Duckworth. During this journey the girls were told the first version of the story to keep them entertained. Later the work was expanded and published in the version we now know and love.

Alice by Arthur Rackham 1907 Bridgeman Art Library
Alice by Arthur Rackham 1907 Bridgeman Art Library
For me, the character of Alice has always been a remarkable one in childhood literature. She displays an inner strength in every situation, no matter how bizarre it may be (and in Wonderland the situations are never normal!). In an interview for ScreenCrave, Tim Burton explains his attraction to the character of Alice:
It’s a story about somebody using this kind of imagery and this kind of world to figure out problems and things in their own life, and what’s fantasy and reality and dreams and reality — how they are not separate things, that they’re one thing. It’s how we use those things to deal with our issues in life.
For example, when she falls through the earth, Alice does not react with terror. She thinks, she talks to herself, and she analyzes what is actually happening and what may happen in the future. Even though it is a bizarre situation, Alice deals with it in a logical way:
'I wonder if I shall fall right through the earth! How funny it'll seem to come out among the people that walk with their heads downward! The Antipathies, I think--' (she was rather glad there WAS no one listening, this time, as it didn't sound at all the right word) '--but I shall have to ask them what the name of the country is, you know. Please, Ma'am, is this New Zealand or Australia?' (and she tried to curtsey as she spoke--fancy curtseying as you're falling through the air! Do you think you could manage it?) 'And what an ignorant little girl she'll think me for asking! No, it'll never do to ask: perhaps I shall see it written up somewhere.'
Alice retains this quality throughout the novel and its sequel. She is curious, logical, and prepared to give as good as she gets in arguments. It doesn’t matter if Alice speaks to a caterpillar, a rabbit, a footman, a grinning cat, or a queen; she works to make sense and to analyze the situation.
Warehouse 13 Character of Alice Lidell
It is this type of boldness that attracted me to the character and the tone I tried to emulate in my story, Wonderland, which is based on parts of both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Wonderland is set in a version of modern-day America, but still maintains the fearlessness, strength, and curiosity of the original character. One reviewer on writes:
Chris Pavesic’s Wonderland is set in the U.S. and references modern events. You will see all of the characters that you know and love from Carroll’s work, but they are in relatable forms for those of us “across the pond.” For example, the Tea Party takes place at a sorority house during pledge week. The dormouse is a pledge from a near-by fraternity who has overindulged in alcohol. One of his “brothers” has used a Sharpie marker to draw a mouse nose and whiskers on his face.
There have been many versions of Alice’s story through the years, including (but not limited to) the Disney animated version, the Resident Evil franchise, and the most recent version by Tim Burton. The character of Alice has appeared in many different television programs, including Warehouse 13. The images of Alice and her Wonderland compatriots appear almost everywhere on household goods, clothing, and technology.
Salvador Dali Alice Adventures in Wonderland
Salvador Dali Alice Adventures in Wonderland
Artists have taken inspiration from the works to produce vivid and beautiful interpretations of the characters and the world. For example, the “Alice in Wonderland” works are considered to be one of the rarest and most sought after Salvador Dali suites. If you are interested in attending an event celebrating anniversary of this, please check out the following information at the Lewis Carroll website. The site lists 95 events in 11 countries. For a free copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, check out the Project Gutenberg edition online. Here is a brief introduction to Wonderland, the latest fantasy book by Chris Pavesic. Enjoy!
You may think you know her story. You don't. Throughout her life Alice has faced fear and isolation, but she has never given up hope. In the City by the Bay she has one last chance to find happiness; one last chance to find friendship; one last chance to find Wonderland. Click here to watch the YouTube video.

Read excerpts from all of the books written by Chris Pavesic on Amazon.

Chris Pavesic is a fantasy author who lives in the Midwestern United States and loves Kona coffee, steampunk, fairy tales, and all types of speculative fiction. Between writing projects, Chris can most often be found reading, gaming, gardening, working on an endless list of DIY household projects, or hanging out with friends. Learn more about Chris on her website. Stay connected on Facebook and Twitter.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Aye I love me some Sabrina York Highlanders


When Maggie Spencer is mysteriously transported to the Scotland of her ancestors, she is stunned to come face to face with him. Dominic Dundragon, the man she’s been half in love with her whole life. A man who’s been dead for 700 years.

 They both have enemies aplenty. Will she have a chance to win his love, or will this adventure end in disaster?  

 Maggie yelped as, without warning, the burly warrior named Declan whipped her up into his arms and tossed her over his shoulder. To her horror, she lost the hold on her locket.

 “Wait,” she cried. She wriggled to get free, but his grip was too hard. When she pummeled his back with her fists as he strode from the circle of stones, he chuckled. The beast. But to be fair, he was so large, it would have felt like a kitten batting him. “Put me down.”

 “I willna,” he said. “The Mackintosh will decide how you die.”

 All right. That shut her up. For a minute. “Die? Why do I need to die?” What the hell had she done to him?

 The man following, an enormous blond with a scar tracking his cheek bent down to peer at her. “The Mackintosh’s doona tolerate spies.”

 “I’m not a spy.” Seriously. She wriggled more and Declan smacked her ass.

  Smacked her ass.

 She’d kill him when she got free. Just kill him.

 “Yer wearing the Cameron colors,” the blond said. “And the Mackintosh’s doona—”

 “Right. I know. The Mackintosh’s doona tolerate spies.” Her head was starting to spin from being upside down and jounced around with each step. Her temper was on a short leash. “But honestly, if I were a spy, would I wear the Cameron colors? It seems a little counterproductive in my opinion. I mean, if I’m spying and all. I might as wear a sign that says, oh, I dunno, honk if you love spies.”

 His brow rumpled but he didn’t respond. At least, not to her. “She speaks strangely,” he complained to Declan.

 Her captor snorted a laugh. “She dresses strangely too.”

 “Aye. She does at that. I’ve heard the Cameron lasses are a wild lot, but I had no idea—”

 “I’m. Not. A. Cameron.” She reached out and smacked the blond, but only because he came close enough. He reared back and gaped at her—as though he’d never been smacked before—and then he quickly moved out of range.

 It hardly mattered, because, apparently, they had reached their destination, a camp on the edge of the woods. The sounds of nickering horses and clanks of pots gave her her first clue—she was facing the other way, after all.

 Her second clue was that Declan dropped her on the ground. She landed with an oof. She glared at him. He didn’t seem to mind in the slightest. “Go get my brother, Ewan,” he barked, and the blond trotted off to one of the larger tents.

 When she stood and brushed off her jeans, Declan bristled and she shot him a sardonic glare. Did he think she was stupid enough to run away? For one thing, these enormous men had her surrounded. For another, she never ran. Not if she could help it.

 Instead, she made a quick survey of her surroundings. The camp was little more than a huddle of tents with the forest on one side and a sweeping plain on the other. A small herd of horses were hobbled to one side and a deer roasted over a pit fire. An entire deer. Before she could silence the thought—she often had that problem—she said, “You killed Bambi.”

 Declan’s brow rumpled. “I dinna kill anyone.” And then he asked, “Who is Bambi?”

 “Never mind.” She crossed her arms and turned away pretending to ignore them. But she wasn’t. She was aware they were all staring at her like she was a curiosity in a zoo, but she was taking in tiny details as well. Like the fact that their clothes were all handmade and simple. Their hair appeared to have been cut with a chainsaw and their beards were scraggly and long. Their weapons were what made her mind really start to spin though.

 One held a crossbow that dated from the thirteenth century. Another had a Mackintosh dirk that resembled one she’d seen in a museum once. Declan had a simple calfskin sporran tied to his belt.

 Odd. Could she have wandered into some renaissance faire? But no. It had been evening when she stepped into the woods and now it was daytime. Early afternoon. And the acres of woods around the house belonged to the family. It couldn’t be—

 “So.” She flinched as a deep, melodious voice wafted to her on a hint of humor. Shivers danced through her, along with a prickling sense of premonition. “You’ve captured a Cameron spy?”

 She turned slowly and froze as her gaze landed on him. On that so-familiar face. Broad, handsome, savage. Much more captivating than the sketch had been. Much more captivating by far.

 She must be hallucinating. She had to be.

 He was the hero of her dreams come to life. 

Dominic Dundragon, Laird of the Mackintosh clan.

 Large, looming and in the flesh. Her head went woozy. Her vision blurred. And then, for the first time in her life, she fainted.  


Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York, is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles range from sweet & sexy to scorching romance. Visit her webpage at to check out her books, excerpts and contests.
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Friday, July 24, 2015

New Release Soul Solutions By Katherine McIntyre

Soul Solution

By Katherine McIntyre
An Adaptation of String of Pearls by Hans Christian Andersen

For Erik Anderson, the Copenhagen line is his curse. He takes the train every night en route to collect souls. Like any lovelorn fool, he bargained his own long ago, and now pays the price—a lifetime of loneliness as a grim reaper.  Stay distant—that’s been his mantra and what keeps him sane.
Until Mina Castner drops into his life like a whirlwind, one spilled drink leading to staying up until dawn with the woman. He believed one night couldn’t hurt, but he sorely underestimated her determination. Every encounter between them is a reprieve from the guilt of reaping souls every night, but it can’t last. Even if she sparks long buried feelings, and even if her sheer presence intoxicates him, he can’t let this continue. For humans, his touch is poison, and if he slips up, it could cost her life.

The whole date thing had been a bad idea.
She rounded a corner, stepping onto the street where the club was located. The Hive stood out even from a couple of blocks away. Its glass-and-steel exterior was slick, and lights flashed on different floors, granting glimpses of the chaos inside. Like other top-notch places, this one didn’t advertise—no sign out front since the building was imposing enough. A strain of music filtered from it, but the noise was muted—she’d bet the inside was the opposite.
She wrinkled her nose as she got closer. Great. A line. My perfect Saturday night—waiting in a line to get into a loud room with blinding lights, blaring music, and sweaty guys. No thanks.
One glance at the people waiting to get inside and she wanted to turn around. Caked on makeup, glittery dresses, and overly gelled hair dominated the crowd, all part of a scene in which she didn’t fit. A slight breeze carried the cloud of perfume teeming around the line her way. She fought not to gag.
Strands of her auburn-dyed hair kept slipping from her bun and trailing along her shoulders. Why did I even bother doing my hair? Once I get inside, the sheer heat from the place will frizz it out. Mina sighed, trying to calm her frazzled nerves. This is why I don’t date.
Up ahead, the bouncers were either admitting people or turning them away at the door. She joined the end of the line, checking her phone while she waited. He was already inside. Joy. Too late to suggest a detour to a coffee shop instead.
A man tall enough to stand out approached the entrance. With hoops in his eyebrows, ears, and, chances were, elsewhere, too, he didn’t mesh with the rest of the crowd. Nor was he wearing a polo or suit, the type of club attire the rest of these guys wore. Instead, his sleeveless, fitted hoodie made an impression of its own as did his tailored black pants, which were accented by his leather stompers. Even in a sack, the man would’ve looked good. When the guy opened the club door, the bouncers didn’t even give him a second glance. Seems they know their regulars.
She hoped her date stacked up. The line moved forward a couple of paces, and she crossed her arms over her chest. This was going to be a long night.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The SkyHorse–New Release for HL Carpenter

from HL Carpenter

 We wish we could say Gramma shared the recipe for this scrumptious dessert with us while we were writing The SkyHorse. After all, what better way for her granddaughter, Tovi, to stay cool on a sweltering summer day while tending a horse hatched from an egg? But we must admit the sweet treat was around long before The SkyHorse trotted into our lives.

 If you like to have dessert on hand for those daily ice cream cravings guests, this cake keeps well in the freezer. It’s expandable, too. Just use a bigger pan, more ice cream and extra whipped topping. When it comes to ice cream, more is better, right?

  No Bake Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

What you’ll need:
One package (12 bars) of ice cream sandwiches
One container (8 ounces or larger) of whipped topping (or make your own with a pint of whipping cream and 3 tablespoons of sugar)
Garnish of your choice: Sprinkles; chopped nuts; caramel, chocolate or other syrup
Glass or plastic pan with a lid

  Directions: Arrange six ice cream bars in a crisscross pattern in the bottom of the pan. (You may have to cut the bars to make them fit. Of course, then you’ll need to eat those little left-over pieces—who said chefs have an easy life?)

 Spread a layer of whipped cream over the bars.*

 Crisscross the remaining six ice cream bars on top of the whipped cream.

 Slather another layer of whipped cream over the top and sides.

 Decorate with sprinkles or chopped nuts, or drizzle with caramel or chocolate syrup.

 Cover and freeze 2-3 hours or overnight.

 Remove from freezer 10-15 minutes before serving to soften.

  *For a richer cake, add a layer of syrup and/or chopped nuts over the whipped cream.

 While your delicious cake is chilling, how about settling in with a good book?

Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck - until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

 When fourteen year old Tovi Taggert moves to Honeysuckle Hollow to take care of her grandmother, she has a hard time fitting in. For one thing, she’s been tagged with the hated nickname Too-Tall Tovi. For another, everyone at Honeysuckle Hollow High believes Tovi played the Choking Game with someone else’s boyfriend – and made out with him besides.

As if she doesn’t have enough problems, after the latest stand-off in the school hallway, Tovi finds a gorgeous speckled egg nestled in a feather lined nest.

 She takes the egg home – and mysterious visitors begin appearing almost immediately. Even more worrisome, whatever is inside the egg starts chipping its way out.

 When the egg hatches, revealing a winged horse, Tovi’s troubles multiply.

 As she struggles to return the horse to the magical land where he belongs, Tovi must make a courageous decision – and accept what that decision will cost her.

 To read more of The SkyHorse, please click here.

HL Carpenter is the pen name of a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes from their studio in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they're not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity.

Learn more about HL Carpenter and their multi-genre books on their website. Stay connected on Pinterest and Google+.

Monday, July 20, 2015

New Release Monday by Vala Kaye

by Vala Kaye

  “Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

 Not all the people you meet during your teen years will become your BFFs, but if you’re very fortunate, one or two might always be with you to share the ups and downs that happen to us as we go through life.

 I have two “lifetime” friends. One I met in junior high and the other in high school. One is similar to me in temperament, while the other couldn’t be more different. We’ve shared school experiences; engagements, marriages and divorces; the birth of children; and the deaths of grandparents, parents and siblings.

 Those are the big things, the huge emotional highs and lows that only time and the love and caring of true friends can help see you through. But we’ve also always been there for one another through the smaller things in life, everything from movie nights and mid-terms to concerts and cooking disasters. 

When I was working on my YA paranormal novella, Ghost Writer, I gave my main character, Malden, a friend named Ashley. They go to the same school and I suspect they’re truly BFF’s. When I was writing the scenes where Malden and Ashley, though physically separated by hundreds of miles, are online in their school’s student chat room, I thought about how my friends and I sound when we’re filling each other in on “the latest.” Not only do we talk about what’s happening to us and what we’re feeling, but sometimes we also pick up on what our lifetime friends aren’t saying, what they’re holding inside because they’re afraid of being embarrassed or laughed at.

 Because we love them, we have to gently remind them just who they’re talking to. With a lifetime friend, they’re safe. And it’s okay to share anything.

 Here is a short intro to my YA Paranormal. I hope you enjoy it.

Tech-savvy teen Malden Montgomery leaves New York City anticipating nothing but boredom when her artist-mother brings her along on a two-week vacation to a family inn in rural Virginia. What Malden doesn't expect is the owner's 17-year-old son, Jackson, who is totally to-die-for cute. But does she dare believe him when he tells her that her room at the inn may be haunted by a young woman named Emily, who died there more than 150 years ago?

 Then Emily begins to communicate with Malden and she and Jackson realize they have to find a way to help Emily's ghost come back home or risk a spirit's wrath if they choose to leave her lost in the darkness forever. Read more about Ghost Writer on Amazon.
Vala Kaye grew up in Texas as an avid reader of science fiction, history and romance. Her favorite writers ran the gamut from Robert Heinlein to Margaret Mitchell, and included side journeys with Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" and The Hardy Boys mysteries.

 After graduating from college with a double major in Communications and History, Vala now lives and writes in warm and sunny southern California. She is addicted to movies, live theater, word games, salsa dancing and adaptations of the stories of Jane Austen.

 In her first published YA novella, Ghost Writer, she explores what happens when a human 'spirit' meets computer technology. Vala's newest title is book #1 of The Superhero Next Door series, Artificial Intelligence.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Coming Soon Spencer's Chance

Discovering what you thought you wanted is everything and nothing you expected.

COMING SOON Book 4 in the Sherman Series.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Character Interview with Melissa Keir

Please welcome Melissa Keir to Character Interview Thursday

Thank you for coming to chat with us today. Why do you think Melissa Keir choose you to represent her/him? Thank you Dominique for having us today. I’ve brought both Keira and Rob Matthews from my story Crash and Burn in Crashing into Love. I’ll let them share with you.

Rob: Since our second honeymoon, we hardly spend time apart. It’s like we’ve only just married.
Keira: I think Melissa had to tell our story. Too often marriages fall apart and she’s trying to give everyone a second chance at a happily ever after.
Rob: She picked me because I remind her of Mr. Keir. Not in the way I act, but in the way I look. *wink*

Tell us a little about yourself?
Rob: I thought Keira was a spoiled little girl when we first took off for our trip. She even brought her little white dog with us on the trip…aka. Paris Hilton.
Keira: You’ve mentioned that a million times, Rob. Let me share what I thought of you…I thought Rob was cold and uncaring. He spent so much time at work and the gym, I never saw him anymore.
Rob: *bends over and kisses his wife* Let’s not fight. We both realized our mistakes. I’m glad we didn’t let go of our marriage. You were worth fighting for.

Where do you live?
Rob: We live in a small town in Ohio. We’re your basic Midwest couple who head to the local ice cream place for a cone after dinner.
Keira: Small towns have such a wonderful appeal. Everyone knows your name. *sigh*
Rob: Yes, and sometimes that’s a problem. *under his breath* Stephanie. *cough*

What do you wish people would know about you?
Keira: I want people to know I’m not such a bitch. I was really focused on having a baby. The trying and failing got to me. It affected my belief in myself. I’m sure some of the readers could relate. That longing takes over your life and when you think something is wrong with you….you don’t feel beautiful or sexy. Poor Rob. He put up with a lot. *she ducks her head*
*Rob brushes the hair off her face and kisses her cheek*
Rob: I understand…now.

Will we be seeing more of you or are you stepping out of the lime light?
Rob: I’d like to be done with this book business. My life in the lime light was a little much but I know Melissa has plans for my co-worker, Stephanie. So she’ll probably drag us back in. I hope she’s nicer than the last time.
Keira: Who? Melissa or Stephanie?
Rob: *growls* Both.

Is there anything you wish Melissa Keir had kept their mouth shut about?
Keira: She shouldn’t have written about what my sisters said about Rob. It hurt him to overhear it but they are pretty pissed at me. They think it was my fault that they weren’t shown in a good light. The holiday get togethers aren’t the same now.

What’s your favorite sports team?
Rob: The fact that we’re from Ohio means that for NFL football we get to choose The Browns or the Bengals. What a tough choice. Neither’s done well in recent years. But at least I’m not a Steeler’s fan!

What’s you biggest turn ons?
Keira: Strong men who like to tell me what to do. *winks at Rob* Sometimes…
Rob: A wife who knows her place…and when she doesn’t…enjoys the punishment!
Keira *blushes and slaps at his shoulder* Rob! Hush!

What are your biggest Turn offs?
Rob: That’s easy…burnt toast, wet jeans and my wife’s family *Keira slaps Rob again* Hey, it’s true.
Keira: *Huffs* Well my turn off is easy too! Going on a vacation and someone you dislike shows up!
Rob: Not my fault! *under his breath* Stalker.
Keira: More like Psycho!

Do you believe in ghosts?
Keira: Ghosts? If I believed in ghosts, I’d of had a problem on that island. It was bad enough with the snakes. *blushes*

What is your biggest fear?
Rob: My biggest fear is losing my wife. I also made it come true. Luckily I came to my senses in time.
Keira: My biggest fear used to be not becoming a mom. It was a compulsion. Now, I worry more about losing Rob. Without him, I’m lost.

Thank you Dominique for having these two lovebirds over. I think this is the first they’ve left the house since they returned from their trip. Honestly, after a plane crash, I’d be afraid to fly too, but I doubt that’s the reason they don’t leave the house.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

South African Wednesday Recipes with Inge Saunders

Recipe: Melkkos (Milk-food), My Winter Staple.

South Africa has a lot of traditional dishes that we eat during the cold winter months, from spicy Breyanni with its Malaysian influence, to Melkkos which originates from Dutch settlers in the Cape of Good Hope.

Today I’m sharing my personal favorite, Melkkos.

This recipe is super quick and easy- 13 minutes to be exact. Prep time’s about 5 minutes and cooking 8.

For this fun & hearty meal you’ll need 2 liters of milk, 300 ml cake flour, 5ml salt, 15ml margarine or 15ml butter and cinnamon sugar.

Now for the cool part where I mess with my fingers in flour *grin*

Sift the flour and salt together, and then rub in margarine/butter until it’s a fine crumbled texture.  

Now bring milk to a boil on stove. Add your flour mixture while stirring (that’s important!). It will form lumps, but keep stirring well.

When the mixture thickens and starts making ‘bubbles’, it’s done!

You serve the dish with cinnamon sugar on top. This makes a delicious dessert or light meal.
Serves: 3-4.

Inge Saunders fell in love with books when she started reading romance novels with her grandmother. Intrigued by the worlds books unlocked, it was inevitable she would take pen to paper.
At age fourteen she wrote her first novel which wasn`t such a roaring success according to her brother. Not discouraged, she realized something fundamental: as a writer you can only write about what interests you, a principle she still upholds in adulthood.
When she`s not writing about that ‘inexplicable attraction’ she`s reading almost every sub-genre in romance out there, spending time with friends and family and taking hikes in her hometown`s National Karoo Park.
She forms part of Romance writers` Organization of South Africa (ROSA) and currently has two books out with Decadent Publishing; Falling for Mr. Unexpected and new release Dance of Love.