Saturday, June 29, 2013

Taste of Summer: Lemonade Graham Cracker Pie



Lemonade Graham Cracker Pie



There is something about summer to me that screams sweet and tangy. Not sure where it came from or why and honestly I don't question I just know that when it turns May I start thinking of sweet and tangy deserts.
For Spring and Summer one of my favorite deserts is Lemonade Pie.  This desert is quick and easy and trust me very mouth watering.
These are the ingredients you will need"
2 - graham cracker pie crusts
3 - 14 oz eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
1-  12 oz Minute Maid lemonade frozen
1 - 16 oz Kraft Cool Whip
It is best if you let your frozen lemonade de-thaw before starting. Once that takes place, get out your large mixing bowl.  In your bowl combine the now liquid lemonade, with the 3 cans of condensed milk, and the whole tub of cool whip. Mix all of it together till smooth
When all the lumps are out and the cool whip is blending well stop mixing and you may begin to pour the mixture into the graham cracker crusts and refrigerate for 3 hours or at least overnight.

If there is left over you can always take a cupcake pan, line it with cupcake liners, place one vanilla wafer at the bottom and our in your mixture.




For Best Results let the pie sit in the refrigerator overnight.
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AJ Wiliams' Latest Release  Bounty for Love



Alek Kairis is a man on a mission to keep those around him safe from the dangers of a lurking dirty cop. But, before he can protect everyone, Alek learns of a deep secret that could not just change his life, but change his ability to protect those around him.

Tess Michaels only wanted her brother’s safety; she did not realize that she too would be placed in danger. Yet, the danger that is following her is not the only threat she faces. When she learns the truth of who her son’s father is, not only will her life change, but so will her child’s.
Once the truth comes out, there is no going back for Alek or Tess. What’s worse is that their ever-growing attraction is a distraction that neither of them need. Can Tess and Alek work together, or will danger and secrets tear them apart forever?

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About AJ Wiliams

AJ grew up in a small southern town in Missouri. It was there that she discovered her love of writing. Having the ability to create a story from nothing into something, held her spell bound. She holds a bachelors degree, and will on occasion find it useful. Currently, AJ lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband and 2 small children and their small dog.
Her very first story was a poem about the sun ending and the moon beginning which she wrote when she was ten. Since that time her stories have taken on their very own life. She writes stories that make you think about real life, the 'what if' this happened to me scenario. “There is a story in all of us” is a favorite saying of AJ’s.
AJ loves learning about new things, playing games with her family and listening to music. She loves romantic movies as well as science fiction. If truth be told, she loves fantasy and science fiction movies just a little bit more.
At given time she can be found reading to her kids, instilling in them the importance of a good story. Yet do not worry; she is also found by her kids, and husband at the computer at any given time typing away.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Book Spotlight: Finding your Soul Mate God's Way by: Ron Mumford


June is the month of weddings and the beginning of marital bliss...or is it?

Have you ever heard the expression, "The Honeymoon is over?" Finally, author Ron Mumford reveals the secrets of ecstatic happiness, joy and deep love that will last an eternity in his new book, Finding Your Soul Mate, God's Way.

This book is not your average "and they lived happily ever after" book. It is full of true stories about what goes on today in dating, courtship and engagement. Some of these stories will break your heart, others will make you blush, some will inspire you, some will make you mad and others will cause you to think about that wall you have put up around your heart, keeping you from finding the perfect love that God meant for you to have.

You've tried to find love your way, the world's way and even the media's way. Now find your soul mate God's way. His way is clear and leads you on a scripture defined path. It's a journey to the Sea of Love with rest areas along the way in the desert, with your inner self and with large doses of wisdom—never leave home without it!

Send all of your questions on any areas of relationships to soulmategodsway@aol.com by June 26th and Ron will answer them directly to you. Be sure to visit the Soul Mate website at www.soulmategodsway.com and click on the Testimonials and the current blog, entitled, "Did I Marry My Soul Mate? And, click on "Like" if you like what you see.

Purchase your copy:  Amazon
While you are at it - enter the raffle for a chance to win either a $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash or a print copy of 'Finding Your Soul Mate, God's Way'. The 2 winners will be chosen on July 3rd at 3pm CST.

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About the Author 
Ron Mumford has been on both sides of the love fence. He tried and failed at finding lasting love his way and the world’s way and decided that there must be a better way. After searching for truth and direction, he discovered the right way—God’s Way. “I wish that someone would have told me this when I was about 19. Life would have been so much simpler and more beautiful. Now I share this truth with everyone…”
A Journalism major at the University of North Texas, Ron has written for many publications including his time in the U.S. Army where he wrote for Stars & StripesArmy Times and was a Combat Correspondent. A former literary agent, Mumford has written a novel, many screenplays and has been published in several poetry anthologies. He  has served in singles ministries for many years and is now a Bible Fellowship teacher—focusing on relational studies—at a large church in Plano, Texas.


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Blog Tour: Returning Pride by Jill Sanders









Iian Jordan runs a successful restaurant that has been in his family for generations, he has a large beautiful house that overlooks the shoreline and his wonderful hometown. Why then, does he feel like something is missing? And he isn't talking about his hearing, which he'd lost in a tragic accident over ten years ago. 

No, what he is missing in his life, is the person who'd just driven back into town. Someone he's always loved from afar. Now, he needs to step up and grab what he wants, before she gets away again. 

In the past two years, Allison Adams has made a name for herself in the art world. All she wants now is some peace and quiet from all the hassles and pressures of her demanding career. But, when she arrives home, she finds her mother trapped in an illness that consumes her every waking moment. 

Just when she thinks she knows the path she wants to follow, everything is taken away from her in one scary night. But, with the help of the good people in her hometown and an old flame, she might just find that returning home was the best thing that could have happened


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About the Author:

Jill Sanders survived 80's pop music, and life as an identical twin in a chaotic family of nine.  A feat by any standard!  She was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, relocating to Colorado for college and a successful IT career at IBM in Boulder.

Narrowly escaping before all creativity was squashed, she jumped at the chance to trade the mundane world of computers for the sexy, exciting world of her own imagination.  She now lives in charming rural Texas writing wonderful novels such as the Pride series.

Her debut novel, Finding Pride, was shortlisted in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards 2013, and has received glowing industry and reader reviews from around the world.  Her latest release is Discovering Pride. Yet another novel, Returning Pride, is slated for July 2013.

To learn more about Jill, visit her website www.jillmsanders.com, where she blogs daily, or follow her on Twitter: @jillmsanders.

Enter in a chance to win an ebook of Finding Pride or Discovering Pride, leave a comment http://bit.ly/13AGThi here to be automatically entered in the drawing.


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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

RBTL Blog Tour Presents: The Secret Seeker Society & the Beast of Bladenboro










Title: The Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro

Author: J. L. Hickey

Genre: YA/Fantasy/Paranormal

Publisher: Self Published

Release Date: Dec 31 2012

Edition/Formats Available In: Ebook







Synopsis:

Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro follows the young protagonists Hunter Glenn, and Eliza Lynn through an adventure ripe with adversity, paranormal monsters, secret societies, and most haunting of all, a life without their parents.
It all happened one fall afternoon when they learned that their parent’s plane had gone down overseas, never to be seen again.
The book follows the siblings as they are dropped off at their new guardian’s home, an ancient and creepy mansion known only as the Belmonte Estate. Here they unravel the secrets of their parent’s true identities, the origin of the mysterious Mansion, and their inheritance into an ancient secret society of monster hunters known as Seekers


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About the Author


J.L. was born in Saginaw, Michigan where he has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing through Saginaw Valley State University. He has written and is currently self publishing two novels, the first entitled The Deity Chronicles: Origins was released in 2008.
His recent release, The Secret Seekers Society and the Beast of Bladenboro was released 12/31/12 and has garnered a decent amount of momentum in its initial release.
You can follow J.L. Hickey's works at www.secretseekerssociety.com
He also dabbles in literary short fiction, and poetry.
When J.L. is not writing, he heads up a local paranormal investigation group in his home town.

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Excerpt

 "The taxicab weathered its way through a thick storm down the country road. Raindrops the size of quarters fell onto the windows as Hunter peered out the passenger side lost in a daze of melancholy. The rhythmic splashes created natural harmonic sounds—their father would say it was Mother Nature’s way of creating natural musical harmony. Lightning streaked through the dark pale sky, briefly illuminating the overcast roadway, the thunder making Elly jump slightly. She never did like storms…
The ominous weather was fitting for the siblings’ current mood. Despite its treachery for the cabdriver, who tried his best to safely navigate through the intense rain and howling winds. Hunter and Elly welcomed the raging storm; if anything, it was a small distraction from the current dark reality that summed up their lives.
“Well,” the cabdriver spoke once again, trying to break the awkward silence, “not sure where it is you two are going. These directions they gave me sure aren’t taking us down the beaten path. I don’t think there’s a paved road for miles down this way.”
Hunter didn’t reply to the friendly gesture. Elly also ignored him, quietly humming an old tune her mother used to sing her to sleep, making it apparent she wasn’t interested in any type of conversation with the strange man. It had been a long drive already, and the only thing keeping the cabdriver awake was his trusty coffee mug filled to the brim with the bitterest coffee imaginable."



My review:



This book is  a first in a series. It follows orphaned siblings to their new residents. Which just happens to be creepy. Through this Hunter and Elly are angry and still grieving over their loss.  As much as they are hurt by the events in their life they are not prepared for what lies inside of the their new guardians house. 

It is a place where adventures could happen and do happen when Hunter hears something at night.  

My take is that it is a good read. There were times when I thought something more needed to be added but that was just my opinion. 

Reading a book meant for kids took me back to when I was a kid and the books that I really enjoyed. This is a story that I can see all kids wanting to read because it has the story line of friendship, and the bonds of that friendship

I am actually looking forward to reading the next book




Book Spotlight: Meant to Be by Laramie Briscoe




Title: Meant To Be

Author: Laramie Briscoe

Genre: Contemporary/Spicy

Publisher: Self-Pub

Release Date: 05/14/13




Blurb - 

Single mother.
Laid off factory worker.
Drug runner for the Heaven Hill Motorcycle Club.

When Denise Cunningham is served with foreclosure papers on her birthday it’s the last straw in a long line of bad luck. Sitting and crying about things has never been how she solved her problems, but this time she decides to do just that. A phone call interrupts her pity party and changes the course of her life forever.

Loyal brother.
Grease monkey mechanic.
Vice President of the Heaven Hill Motorcycle Club.

William Walker Jr., known as Liam to his club, needs a new recruit that is just naïve enough and desperate enough to do what he asks without question. When Denise Cunningham lands in his lap, he decides to hire her - not because he wants to, because he has to.

Neither are comfortable in their new roles, but he needs help and she can’t stand to lose anything else.

As bullets fly and a local Bowling Green, KY reporter works to bring the club down, Liam and Denise find themselves getting closer to one another. When the stakes get high and outside forces try to keep them away from each other, they have to decide if they really are meant to be.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Book Spotlight: Sloane Wolf by Margay Leah Justice




Title: Sloane Wolf

Author: Margay Leah Justice

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: MuseItUpPublishing

Release Date: October 28, 2011



Blurb:
For more than a hundred and fifty years, the gray wolf has failed to roam the hills of Massachusetts, leading to the belief that they are extinct. But with a spattering of sightings across the Berkshires, the legend of the gray wolf comes to fruition. The product of that legend, Micah Sloane will go to great lengths to protect his kind from the threat of outsiders, who seek to exploit the legend for their own interests. One thing he didn’t count on, however, was finding his soul mate in the company of such men.

From the first time she predicted a stranger’s imminent death when she was little more than a child, Shiloh Beck knew she was different. Wishing to cultivate her gift, her parents made the fateful decision to enroll her in a private school for paranormally gifted children. Unbeknownst to them, the school was just a front for a research facility simply called the Institute, whose secret board members weaned gifted children from their families to exploit their gifts. Shiloh has spent the better part of her life trying to escape the Institute and reunite with the family she was told had abandoned her.

From their first meeting, Micah and Shiloh share a connection that goes beyond the normal to bond them in a way that love alone cannot. But before they can build a life together, they must deal with the fall-out when the legend of the wolves collides with the men behind the Institute.





Letter to Shiloh from Micah




Shiloh,
            I’m not sure how I should start this. I’m not one for spilling my feelings, even on paper, so I don’t even know if I started it right. Should I have said ‘Dear Shiloh’ instead of just ‘Shiloh’ or is that okay? Does it make it sound like just a note? Is it too informal? I don’t know, I don’t usually do this – any of this. I’m not the heart and posies kind of guy, I don’t make the outlandish gestures to tell my woman how I feel, so this is really awkward for me. So I guess you’re kind of wondering why I’m even doing this, then, huh? Well, Raven told me to. Now before you get all huffy about why I’d let my sister talk me into something like this, just listen – or read, in this case. Raven knows me – sometimes too well – and she knows how I have a hard time expressing things (I know you’re laughing right now, so don’t), so she thought this might help. If I could just write it down, I could figure out the best way to tell you how I feel. So this is it, this is how I feel. About you.
            Before I met you, I was just going through the motions of life, but never really living. But I didn’t know that until I met you. When you first came riding into my life in that flashy Hummer, it’s like it kick-started something inside me – something I didn’t even know was lying dormant – and I really began to live. I became aware of you in a way I was never aware of any other person and I didn’t know how to deal with that, especially when all that stuff went down with Haines and Ava. But then, when I thought I lost you, none of it mattered. That night in the woods, trying to find you – it was the worst time of my life and I never want to go through anything like that again.
            You are the first breath I take every morning, the lifeblood I need to survive. You are every beat of my heart. Without you, my life would cease to have meaning and I’d be back to just going through the motions like I did before I met you. It was a lonely existence then – it’d be a hellish one now. I know we haven’t known each other very long and it seems impossible that I could feel this strong about you so soon, but there it is. Without you, there is no me so, please, say you’ll stay with me. Say you’ll take a chance and stick around and see where this might take us. I won’t force you but know this, if you decide this is all too much for you – if you decide to go – you’ll be taking the better parts of me with you. No matter where you are or what you do, I will always love you.
                                                                                    Micah


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Monday, June 17, 2013

Book Spotlight: Marco by AJ. Kelton



Title: Marco

Author:
AJ Kelton

Genre: M/M / Contemporary

Publisher: MLR Press

Estimated word count: 77451

Series: Marco Trilogy

Release Date: May 17, 2013





Blurb:

Being a superstar can give you everything but true happiness.
Marco, in the public eye from childhood, has everything but the one thing he truly wants. Someone to love him for who he is.
Evan, Marco’s lead guitarist and part-time lover, tends to Marco’s needs, from broken heart to media disaster. He keeps his love for Marco secret for fear of ruining the friendship.
Jaron would give anything to reach superstar status, given the chance to work beside Marco, he sees it as the perfect way to realize his dream.
Will Marco ever see Even as more than a friend or will Jaron finally get the stardom he dreams of?


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Saturday, June 15, 2013

All Author Blog Blitz for Self Published Authors


This month I am joining  Self-published-and-indie-authors-support-group on Goodreads and doing an all author blog blitz. Throughout today about 80 or so bloggers will be posting about each other to help spread the word about self published authors. You can find the authors  here 

Today on my blog I have the Abha C, here today who wrote the wonderful story The Little Ant

You can find her book on Goodread here


Join me while I chat with Little Ant from The little Ant

What is the name of the book where we'll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?

I am a little girl ant and I am kind of a big deal so the book had to be called “The Little Ant!” The book is all about my adventure in the park, it was my first time going there and I really had a great time. There was a surprise for me at the park but you will just have to see for yourself. 

Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?

The book is all about me, you see there would be no story if the author didn't follow me to see how I did in the park. I like new experiences but sometimes I don’t wait to find out what happens. 

What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won't tell.

Abha is alright but sometimes she should really think before sending me all alone to the park. I am a young ant after all. Children should always be accompanied by adults. I will cut her some slack because she was following me but I didn’t know that until I saw this story. No fair Abha!

How do you feel about the story you're in?

It is a happy story although I didn’t sign up for my adventure! The park is spectacular with large fountains and gorgeous flowers. I bet you the children that this story is read to will learn a few new words by just following the story along. 

Do you like being a character in the book?

I guess I don’t know any different but wouldn't it be fun if I came into your world? 

How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.

You know, I want to go to many new places particularly visit a lot of children in their home through this book and make a lot of new friends. I definitely see some of that in my future. I sure hope I didn’t give away the story, Abha would probably not like that!

What do you know about your author's plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
I am trying to convince Abha to visit a few different places but she hasn't committed to anything yet. If I succeed then you will definitely see me, after all who could say no to me?

Let's say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?

Abigail Breslin would be perfect. She always plays a quirky but lovable character just like me! I am of course more lovable and less quirky than her characters!

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Brief Author's Bio: 

The author’s simple belief is that every child deserves to be read to. To that end she started to look for books that not only were interesting for her one-year-old but also had a learning component to them. This proved to be an impossible task and led to the creation of this book.

Abha C is a freelance writer who specializes in children’s books. She now resides in Fremont, Calif. with her husband and newborn daughter. Her daughter was the inspiration for “The Little Ant”

Website/Blog: abhac.wordpress.com

Where to Purchase The Little Ant:

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Little-Ant-Abha-C/dp/146696829X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1357794514&sr=8-3&keywords=the+little+ant

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-little-ant-abha-c/1113858993?ean=9781466968295

Friday, June 14, 2013

Book Spotlight: Real Men Don't Quit by: Coleen Kwan





Title: Real Men Don’t Quit

Author: Coleen Kwan

Published: April 2013

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Genre:  Contemporary romance







Blurb:

Serial bachelor. Celebrity author. Her perfect forever?

When famous author Luke Maguire decides to write his next novel in the small town of Burronga, Australia, he's sure he can ignore the fiery redhead next door. Not only has he just been burned from a high-profile breakup, but he's never been one to set down roots. No, he'll finish his novel and leave Burronga. And soon.

Tyler Jones just wants to run her business with her best friend, Ally, and take care of her three-year-old daughter, Chloe. She's never needed help from anyone, especially not a man, and the brooding, rugged writer next door can't tempt her. Not in the least.

Only Tyler and Luke can't stay away from each other. So they set rules. No staying overnight, no future plans, no sappy good-byes when Luke inevitably quits town. But the chemistry between them is too strong to contain in a rulebook. Are Luke and Tyler ready to risk their lives of independence for something more?

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Release Day Bounty for Love

It is release day for Bounty for Love,  the third installment of the Bounty for Hire Series.



Blurb:

Alek Kairis is a man on a mission to keep those around him safe from the dangers of a lurking dirty cop. But, before he can protect everyone, Alek learns of a deep secret that could not just change his life, but change his ability to protect those around him.
Tess Michaels only wanted her brother’s safety; she did not realize that she too would be placed in danger. Yet, the danger that is following her is not the only threat she faces. When she learns the truth of who her son’s father is, not only will her life change, but so will her child’s.

Once the truth comes out, there is no going back for Alek or Tess. What’s worse is that their ever-growing attraction is a distraction that neither of them need. Can Tess and Alek work together, or will danger and secrets tear them apart forever?



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Amazon: http://amzn.to/11viju8
All Romance : http://bit.ly/18wzQLV
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/119qG39



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Monday, June 10, 2013

Book Spotlight: Demon King's Desire, Elemental Sisters By: J.L Sheppard

Book Title: Demon King's Desire, Elemental Sisters

Author: J.L. Sheppard

Publisher: Cobblestone Press

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Page Length: 242









Blurb: When Jenna Jenson is attacked by a man whose supernatural abilities supersede her super hearing, strength and abnormal reflexes, she is rescued by the demon king, Lucas Thaler and powers she never knew she possessed are revealed. She discovers she is part of a new breed of immortals prophesied to evolve that could either save or destroy human life. 
After a war in his demon plane and home that killed his entire family, Lucas has dedicated his life to combating Malum Inmortalis, whose goal is to rule immortals and mankind. The evil he has battled for centuries and his purpose is deferred when he hears Jenna’s voice, the woman he has been waiting for centuries, the woman he’s been dreaming of for centuries, his fated mate.




About the Author: 

J.L. Sheppard was born and raised in Miami, Florida where she still lives with her husband. Her life long dream was to write a book, but it wasn't until 2011 that she set her heart and mind into writing her first completed novel, Demon King's Desire, which was published in January of 2013. Besides reading and writing, she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with family and friends. 

  
www.JLSheppard.com

Friday, June 7, 2013

Book Spotlight: Misunderstandings by Angel Rothamel



Title: Misunderstandings
Author: Angel Rothamel
Genre: M/M
Publisher: MLR PublishingRelease Date: May 25, 2013






What would you do if you got a call informing you that the family as you knew it, was a lie.
Dan Brock, retired SEAL turned mechanic in small town Cedar, Colorado, gets a call that changes his life. Dealing with the family he never knew about, Dan takes his frustrations out on the man, that because of his good looks, Dan refuses to have anything to do with.


Dallas Bainbridge’s primary job is flying Dan’s former CO from place to place. Getting a request to fly Dan to his father’s funeral, Dallas tries to keep to himself, not knowing why Dan doesn’t like him. Can the two men get past their differences, or will a simple misunderstanding keep them apart?


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