Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July 1, 2015

Happy 4th of July everyone!  I hope you enjoy the fireworks, cookouts, and will keep you and your family safe.

In this Issue:
          Quote of the Month
          Featured Author of the Month
          Recipe of the Month
Book Signing in Duncan
          Upcoming Appearances
          Coming Next Month

Quote of the Month:  “Every thought of yours is a real thing—a force.”  Prentice Mulford (1834-1891)

Featured Author:  Mary Jo Springer

I’ve always loved stories with alpha male characters, the “badass” men who rule the world. For Too Hot To Handle I knew I wanted to have a man who had power, money, and enough charisma to fill a dump truck. A man who would go to the ends of the earth for the people he loved. But Giovanni is a playboy, a love em’ and leave ‘em man, for one reason only; he can never fall in love with a woman because that would make her a target for revenge. A prophecy that comes true in the book. For the heroine I needed a strong woman who wasn’t afraid to take him on. A woman who would be his complete opposite and equal, a woman he could never have. A U.S. Attorney who’s sworn to put him in jail. I loved the chemistry of these two characters from the very first page. They literally wrote their own story. I hope you pick up a copy and read the stormy, steamy, love story of Giovanni and Violette.

After witnessing her father gunned down on the capitol building on her sixteenth birthday, Violette Delacroix swore she’d put all the mobsters behind bars. Now, a US Attorney, she’s put away more mobsters than anyone in the service. Out celebrating with her friends at a trendy Miami nightclub, Violette stumbles in her stilettos and her Cosmopolitan lands in the lap of Giovanni Sorrentino the infamous head of the Sorrento family.  Giovanni is nothing like Violette expected, he’s warm, sexy and when there is an attack on the nightclub Giovanni saves her life. In the heat of the excitement, Violette leaves her purse behind with her driver’s license and her identification. Forced to stay with Giovanni for protection he takes her to his safe house mansion on the beach. The sexual tension between them is about to explode but they both know to pursue this course of action is a deadly game. Violette can’t believe how normal Giovanni seems. He’s a loving brother, uncle, and son. Violette meets his entire family but the temptation to be together is just too much and one night they give in to their desire. While Giovanni is off handling a threat, his enemies kidnap Violette. He comes after her, she meets the real mobster when he kills every man in the room. As they escape Giovanni tells her they must fly to Vegas and marry to prevent her from testifying against him. But their happiness is short lived. Upon their arrival back in Miami, Giovanni is arrested on the tarmac for art theft. Violette is fired on the spot. Feeling used and betrayed Violette has the marriage annulled while Giovanni and his team of lawyers fight to free him of a crime he was framed for. But Violette has a secret and when Giovanni learns what she’s hiding from him, he’s going to be furious.

Recipe of the Month: 
Chilled Cucumber Soup

1 large cucumber, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 clover garlic, peeled and crushed in a little salt
2 cups plain yogurt                                                 
¼ cup walnut pieces
Freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbls. Chipped fresh dill or parsley (or 1 tsp. dried dill and 2 tsp. chopped fresh parsley)

In a blender or food processor, puree the cucumber, yogurt, walnuts, salt, and pepper. Blend until mixture becomes a smooth puree. Chill thoroughly and serve garnished with chopped dill or parsley

From A Taste for Love, A Romantic Cookbook for Two,
Elizabeth M. Harbison and Mary McGowan

Duncan Artwalk Book Signing:  Heidi Vanlandingham, Yukon OK, and I spent the entire day in downtown Duncan on June 27.  We met some wonderful people who stopped by our booth to talk and pick up an autographed book or two.  For two blocks the streets was lined with artists and food vendors, plus there was music all day long. This event was in its first year, and while some things could be improved, I’m looking forward to returning next year!



RT (Romantic Times) in DallasThis was my first year attending an RT Convention and all I can say is WOW!  Honey Jans, Heidi Vanlandingham, and I roomed together, we shared pizza one night with Lauren Smith. One evening at supper Sharon Sala called me "Debbie Do" and the only person who called me that was a friend's mother. It was really wonderful and strange at the same time.  Honey, Heidi and I had so much fun.  I met a girl from New Zealand, was mistaken for Sabrina York by cover model James, sat in on some publisher panels and got tons of information, met with Cori Deyoe from Three Seas Literary Agency (still waiting to hear back on my proposal for a book series), and, well there’s just so much to tell you. I would highly recommend attending one of these conventions at least once.  Next year will be in Las Vegas!

New Release:  What sacrifices are BFF Cassandra James and Paige Matteson willing to make for love? Eternally Yours will be released this month and is currently on pre-order!

Cassandra Jameson and her best friend, Paige Matteson, have opened a store in an ancient part of town called Eternal Pleasures. Cassandra is obsessed with pleasuring herself as no man has ever been able to accomplish, and finds herself an old, tattered book of erotic Victorian tales. She becomes obsessed with a male character which appears in each of the stories she reads and begins to fantasize about him.
Garrett Alexander lived his life performing the teachings of pleasures of the body hundreds of years before. His shop Eternal Pleasures was located in the very same spot that the new Eternal Pleasures has now opened. Having heard the siren call of CJ, Garrett finds he cannot resist the burning desire to pleasure her as no mortal man has ever done before.
Paige Matteson has some promises to fulfill to her best friend…and herself. The mysterious Russell Canterbury may just be the one to take her into a world of sex she’d thought impossible. But Russell has other ideas. He’s travelled hundreds of years to seek revenge of CJ for the death of his dear friend, Garrett. Or is it jealousy that spurs him now that Garrett has found peace instead of walking in the shadows of the undead for centuries? What sacrifices are they willing to make for love?

Paranormal, Time Travel, Magic, Vampires, Living Dead, Erotic Romance from MuseItHotPublishing.

Upcoming Appearances:
©    October 2-4, 2015:  Rock Island Art Festival, Chickasha OK

With much gratitude, until next time…keep reading.

Spark your imagination and entice your mind
Be adventurous in your own home
Take a journey into a new world and be inspired
Enjoy the pleasures of reading ~~
It does the mind and body good.