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Monday, December 5, 2016

Tinsel, Takeovers, and Tossing Confetti

On the first Monday of the month I gab about what's going on with me, my writing, and life in general.

Wow, the last 2016 update post already! How nutty is that?  Next time I do one of these, it'll be a new year. It gets harder to wrap my head around the concept of how time flies every time. EVERY time!



Tinsel
It's holiday time, and at our house the outdoor lights are twinkling, the tree is up,
Bri and MegaUni by the tree!
and the gifts I bought online are being delivered to a pile in the closet, waiting to be wrapped. At work, I've been sneaking around the break room, dropping off my Secret Santa gifts. And in my writing world, I joined the Brazen Bookshelf Advent Calendar giveaway, where a group of authors are offering new free romance/erotica reads every day from Dec 1-24. If you're not on my newsletter and thus didn't see the announcement, you can still join up for freebies! Go HERE to get in on the advent fun. (And psst...then sign up for my newsletter so you won't miss out on cool stuff like this!)


You might just want to take advantage of that newsletter sign up right now, since I'll be announcing a free holiday short story coming out soon. Meanwhile, if December gets you in the mood for a holiday-themed read, why not check out Holidays Bite? Vampires and Christmas...what could go together better than that?

Takeovers


One of my favorite things about the holidays is the smell of too many delicious foods wafting from the kitchen! In lieu of my usual blog schedule this month, I've opened up for a yummy December Holiday Romance and Recipes blog takeover. Fellow authors will be sharing not only bits about their books, but some fabulous holiday treat ideas as well. As for me, I'll be making the guest blog rounds myself, sharing my mouth-watering fudge recipe.


Tossing Confetti


All was pretty darn quiet here in Blogsville during November because I was doing NaNoWriMo, busily pounding keys every day to get word count in on a new book. Normally,  I post daily blog updates and weekly snippets, aaaand yes, I did just that this time around. But as those who read last month's update know, I was writing under a different pen name. My progress reports went up on an all-new website, http://janellmichaels.com, where my more mainstream romance will be happening. But to sum up:


I won NaNo for the 10th time! Yay me! Hence why I titled this section Tossing Confetti. 


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J. Rose Allister is the author of more than thirty books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Chocolate PB & Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies: #Holiday #Recipe Exchange

Instead of my usual Too Yummy Tuesday posts,  I’ll be featuring yummy recipes and delicious blurbs from some fellow romance authors throughout the holidays!

Today’s recipe comes from Anita Philmar, author of The Warrior in Me.



Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal no bake cookies.

Ingredients:
1 stick of butter
 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 peanut butter
2 oz of chocolate unsweetened chocolate
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups oatmeal old fashion

Directions:
Melt butter and add brown sugar, stir and microwave 30 seconds. Break up unsweetened chocolate and stir into butter and sugar mixture. Microwave 15 seconds at a time until chocolate is melted. Add peanut butter and vanilla - stir until smooth. Add oatmeal. Stir until oatmeal is coated. Then cover cookie sheet with parchment paper, drop spoonful onto parchment paper. Place pan of cookies in freezer and allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes.

Eat when ready.

Other alternatives:
Reduce oatmeal 1/2 cup before add one of the alternatives: 
1/2 cup nuts
1/2 cup coconut  

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The Warrior in Me
by Anita Philmar
Erotic Murder Mystery/ Romantic suspense

Special Security Agent Sebastian Berlin is eager to track down his partner's killer. Instead, he’s assigned the job of baby-sitting a scientist. His boss thinks she's the key to an Ancient Warrior Prophecy. Science never interested Sebastian, but the know-it-all female standing at the end of his Alaskan dock could persuade him to do a little experimenting. That is, if he can keep his Neanderthal Warrior genes from taking control.

DNA specialist Lily Sinclair is in need of a vacation, or so her over-protective ex-husband tells her. Arriving in chilly Alaska instead of sunny Cancun, she's tired and cranky and so not in the mood for her bodyguard's he-man tactics. Still, there's something about the sexy eye-candy that makes her want to lick him all over even as she's demanding to go home.

Then Lily's ex is poisoned, and Sebastian is certain the two murders are connected and she could be next. She knows he's hiding something, but with the worldwide release of Neanderthal DNA project only days away, she has no choice but to trust him to protect her. But can she trust him with her heart?

Excerpt:

“I hate to tell you, but we found Cain’s body last night. He took two slugs in the chest.”
Relief, followed quickly by shock, filled Sebastian. A numbing sense of disbelief overwhelmed him. “What the hell? I thought he was working on a simple security detail.”
“Did he discuss his assignment with you?”
Sebastian ran a hand through his hair and scrambled to recall his last conversation with his best friend. Cain had called a week ago with a request for information on the people he’d been assigned to protect in California. His voice had reflected a bored almost disgusted tone. At the time, Sebastian had held his tongue and didn’t comment, but later he questioned the anomaly. His friend loved life and never became discouraged even when the odds were against him.
Frowning, Sebastian rubbed a hand over his neck, stroking the hairs that suddenly stood on alert. His initial disbelief faded. A gaping hole widened before him and stretched into an endless sea of despair. What the hell would he do without his best friend, his confidant?

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About Anita Philmar

Anita Philmar likes to create stories that push the limit. A writer by day and a dreamer by night she wants her readers to see the world in a new way.
Influenced by old movies, she likes to develop places where anything can happen and where special moments come to life in a great read.
Naughty or Nice?
Read her books and decide.