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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Peanut Butter N Honey Shortbread Cookies

It's Too Yummy Tuesday!

On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious!


Here's a great cookie recipe for those with egg allergies. This time of year always gets me hankering for shortbread, and while I don't indulge sugary, gluten-y sweets very often anymore, these babies are worth an occasional treat. You can chill the dough overnight if you want and then just slice and bake the next day. I tweaked this recipe based on one I found on a recipe blog. That version can be found here. Enjoy!

Peanut Butter n Honey Shortbread Cookies

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup crunchy honey-flavored peanut butter (Yes, you can use regular PB if you can't find this kind)
1/2 tsp vanilla 
1 1/4 cup flour 
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 325 (unless preparing dough the night before). Cream butter and peanut butter together in a large bowl and add vanilla. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl (I like to sift everything together) and add to butter mixture. Stir until forms a ball of dough, and then stir in the chocolate chips. Take out of the bowl and set on a sheet of waxed paper. Form into a log. This can be messy, and sometimes you have to work the dough with your hands a bit to get it to hold its shape. Roll up the paper, twist the ends, and chill in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.

Now the fun part: unwrap and slice this like you would the store bought refrigerated cookie dough, only thinner (about 1/3-1/2 inch). You'll want to line your cookie sheet with parchment. Bake these for about 12 minutes, no more than 14. They won't look browned and you'll be tempted to over bake these, but resist! Shortbread is supposed to stay pale. These are fragile little babies, so let them sit for about 5 minutes or so before using your spatula to gently lift them to a rack. They broke on my rack with wider slats, but my narrower one worked great. Prepare to be amazed!



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J. Rose Allister is the author of more than twenty-five 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. Connect with her on Twitter or Facebook. She loves talking to people!

Monday, December 30, 2013

6 New Year's Resolutions to Make You a Better Writer

It’s that time when we get motivated to make changes for the coming year. I’ve heard lots of talk from friends who are making resolutions to get in shape, save more money, spend more time with family, etc. All are worthy goals. In addition, allow me to suggest some resolutions to help further your writing goals in the year ahead.

1.     Call yourself a writer—whether you’re already published or not.

I was sheepish about referring to myself as a writer early on, at first because I wasn’t published, and later because I still had a regular job. (And still do.) A mentor pointed out it was important to identify as a writer so that I would start thinking of myself as one. I began taking my career more seriously when I started acting as if I already had one. I became more productive and goal oriented, and before long, I’d created a self-fulfilling prophecy. So don’t hide your author light under a bushel—shine it from the rooftop!

2.    Finish writing that book (or X number of books), no matter what

Whether your first manuscript is buried under old bills on your desk or you have a whole series already in progress, finding time to finish what you start is no easy task. Set a goal to finish that book/books and vow that nothing will stop you. Then make sure nothing does.


3.    Create or make over your writing haven

Determine to make this the year that you finally get your writing space tricked out. The fresh energy will do wonders for your creativity! If you lack time, space, or resources to do it all in one fell swoop, don’t let that stop you from getting started. If it takes the entire year and you wind up with only a tiny corner, so be it! As long as your space is functional, fun, and inspirational, you’ll be in better artistic shape.

4.   Create or overhaul a writing schedule—and stick to it

We writers quite often fall into the trap of putting words on paper when the mood strikes or spare time hits, but since these times can be few and far between, we have to lend ourselves a hand. Don’t put off writing another minute! Vow to start, modify, or get back on a writing schedule. (No idea how? Check out my series on The Writing Schedule You Need Right Now.)

5.    Read more.

Bestseller Stephen King says in his book On Writing that, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.” It can be darn hard to juggle work, writing, family obligations, school, and reading, but it’s vital that we spend some of our time soaking up literature rather than just trying to squeeze it out. If we don’t, the sponge eventually runs dry.

6.   Try one new way of connecting with readers and/or other writers.

Start a blog. Join a writing group. Sign up for a conference. Run contests. Try a social media network you’ve shied away from. Pick at least one thing you will do to reach out and engage readers and fellow writers. For this next year, I’m looking into forming a street team.


Whatever resolution(s) you choose for improving your writing, set up a reminder notification for it on your calendar once a month. That will serve as a way to check in and ask yourself how you’re doing. You can get back on track if you’ve fallen astray, or maybe nudge the bar a bit higher if you’re doing well and feel ready for a challenge. This time next year, you’ll be that much farther on the road to your personal definition of writing success. 

What are your writing resolutions? Happy New Year!

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J. Rose Allister is the author of more than twenty-five 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. Connect with her on Twitter or Facebook. She loves talking to people!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Kiss for the Hero -Snippet Sunday

~~Today's snippet includes mature content~~

On Sundays, I share work in progress as part of Weekend Warrior’s 8-Sentence Sunday

I'm currently writing/editing DISARMING COWBOYS, book 7 of my Lone Wolves of Shay Falls series. 

Last time, our heroine Jayel realized she her insanely gorgeous rescuer is also a werewolf. (Don't you hate when that happens? LOL.) Let's pick up a short time later while Jerrod is still attempting to free her from her chains.

Jerrod reached for the padlock, but he stopped and glanced at Jayel oddly. “I want to see somethin’ before I pick this lock.”
She didn't even have a chance to ask before Jerrod had his lips pressed to hers. She tried to squirm away, but various parts of her awareness spun into orbit until all that remained was his scent, his warm lips, and the sexy moan deep in his throat while he tasted her. Her stomach was spinning as fast as her head, but when she felt the flick of his tongue between her lips, she pulled back and kicked at him with her boot.
“What the hell are you doing?” she asked, trying to level him with a glare.
“Doesn’t the hero usually get a thank-you kiss?”
After he saves the girl.”


So what do you think?



Find my Lone Wolves of Shay Falls series at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or at Bookstrand here:

Trailer for the Lone Wolves of Shay Falls series:

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For more awesome snippets, check out 


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I'm J. Rose Allister, wife, working mom, and the author of over twenty-five books. Somewhere in between one and the next, I love hanging out here on my blog and over on Twitter. Give me a comment or follow-I love chatting with people!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

First Sight Saturday -Holidays Bite

It's First Sight Saturday over at Jill Hughey's blog, and I'm over there to share a fun excerpt showing the first meeting between Thomas and Stephanie in Holidays Bite!

Go ahead, CLICK HERE to check out the smolder!

Friday, December 27, 2013

On Writing Cool Equipment for Your Character

Batman's Utility Belt
Tips in writing equipment for your character
by Christopher D. Votey

The first rule of writing is to write.  I often have the image of Dora in Finding Nemo singing just keep swimming and replace it with just keep writing.

"Just Keep Writing"
"Just Keep Writing"
"Just Keep Writing...Writing...Writing"

But anyone who follows this advice knows that it is never that simple, as creativity gets in the way.  While it takes creativity to start writing, sometimes we spend more time thinking about a subject in our book and it takes away from writing.

One such example is Equipment.  Your character may be a bounty hunter, a secret agent, or Red Riding Hood on her adventure to visit Grandma.  They are going on a mission and need a few supplies.  Now, you want to anticipate all the equipment they need, and you want to choose equipment they would logically take with them each and every time.

Now, there are two pitfalls here.  The first pitfall is to have Batman's Utility belt.  This refers to the Adam West's Batman that no matter the situation, there was always something in his utility belt to rescue him from the villain (Such as shark repellant spray).  You don't want to use this method of writing, because your story may sound cheesy and embellished.  Your character just happened to bring the specialized screwdriver to unlock the government installed nuclear silo, when your mission started off as delivering cookies to your sick Grandma.  This is a lack of imagination and in my opinion, lazy writing.

So to avoid that pitfall, you need to write what they take with them.  Now if you are like me, you never know 100% what will happen in the story, because even if you do plan it out, it is subject to change.  And you yourself are not a secret agent or a little girl with a basket...so what do you take with you?

This is the second pitfall.  You will spend a bit of time trying to decide what you should take with you.  You try to think of all the possible situations and what kind of equipment you need.  The problem here is, you are spending more time thinking of a small detail now which could later be an important plot point.  Trying to anticipate the needs of your story, takes away from writing.

So I said just making things up in the story as you go is bad, but also trying to anticipate what you need is bad.  So how do you resolve this problem?  What you need to do is both.  In your first draft, the most important thing is to "Keep Writing" (don't make me sing the song for you again).  So, when your character first grabs the equipment, you do the Batman Utility Belt, and in the first draft, equipment pops up as you need it.  When you come back and edited it, take note of all the equipment they needed throughout the story and then decide what is it they would have taken with them by default, what they took with them with the information they knew at the time.  Once you establish that, see if there are ways to rewrite the scenes to make sense your character to have those items.

For example, it could make sense that Red has an axe, in case she needs to chop a few branches to make firewood which would be a good weapon against the wolf.  But in the story, she throws the axe and misses the wolf and uses a gun to shoot the wolf.  But it was decided in the story she doesn't hunt, and thus she wouldn't be carrying a gun with her.  So where did the gun come from if she wasn't carrying it with her?  So we rewrite the scene to Granny keeping a gun in her home.

The problem I see in a lot of writers, they think in a linear way.  While their story may be presented in a linear format, they themselves don't have to write their story this way and can go back and touch things up and use the end of the story to write the beginning of the story.  Often times writers write something out in the beginning and have a different ending that doesn't match the beginning and decide they much change the ending...but sometimes going back and changing the beginning is the key to having an amazing story.

You are never done writing your story, so don't be afraid to go back and make revisions to tie up loose ends.  Write the obstacles in the story first, then go back and write the scene where the character chose the various items they need on their adventure.  They decided to take a combat knife versus a pocket knife, or flash grenade versus a smoke grenade.  Perhaps they needed a USB drive with a computer virus on it, in case they came to a computer they needed to hack, and later turns out the IRS database had the Wolf's home address.  Or they found something along the way they need but didn't know they needed it until they found it.

(Do not hack the IRS database for the Wolf's home address, there are easier ways to find it).


Remember this rule: 1st Draft: Write; 2nd Draft: Edit.

About the Author:

Author Blurb:
Chis, like many writers, has wanted to be a writer since a very young age.  In 2012 he realized his dream and published his first book on Amazon with plans to do more, but in the same year suffered a debilitating injury and later diagnosed with Post Concussion Syndrome.  His life changed drastically and all things he use to do has become much harder for him to do.  In 2013 he managed to do NaNoWriMo and won.  He has since decided, despite his disability, to pursue a writing career.
http://writing.chrisvotey.com

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Paleo Hot Cocoa

It's Too Yummy Tuesday!

On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious!

Paleo Hot Cocoa
We had just returned from a fun, yet chilly visit walking through a local Christmas lights display, and nothing sounded better than steaming mugs of hot cocoa! Since we'd sworn off the packaged stuff, I whipped up the following. Refined sugar and lactose free--and yum!

This barely made enough for the three of us, so you will probably want to double the recipe if you're serving a family. You'll really want to play around with the amount of vanilla, cinnamon, and sweetener to taste. We went higher on the vanilla and found it really tasted great.

Ingredients
1 can coconut milk 
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp cocoa powder 
Pinch of salt -optional, but it really brings out the chocolate flavor
2 Tbsp OR TO TASTE maple syrup, honey, or palm sugar
1 tsp vanilla or to taste
1/2 tsp cinnamon or to taste


Directions
With a wire whisk, mix milk, water, cocoa powder, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat.  When warm, start adding your sweetener, vanilla, and cinnamon and adjust to personal taste. Heat until hot enough for your preference and serve!

By the way, here's a quick snippet I shot on my phone as we walked through the light display...this awesome neighborhood synchronizes all their lights with holiday music. So fun!
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J. Rose Allister is the author of more than twenty-five 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. Connect with her on Twitter or Goodreads. She loves talking to people!

Monday, December 23, 2013

A Surprising Thing About Me -Guest Interview


A surprising thing about me, the best advice I ever received, and what's up with the name of my bounty hunter hero in Nature's Bounty...all in my interview over on Gabrielle Holly's Blog today. Stop by to find out the scoop!

Interview Link







Sunday, December 22, 2013

Too Gorgeous to be Human -Snippet Sunday

~~Today's snippet contains mature themes~~

On Sundays, I share work in progress as part of Weekend Warrior’s 8-Sentence Sunday

I'm currently writing/editing DISARMING COWBOYS, book 7 of my Lone Wolves of Shay Falls series. 

Last time, our heroine Jayel has just met the naked and magnificent David, who was so busy gaping back at her that he was ignoring his alpha's commands. I thought it would only be fair to give a little time to her other love interest, Jerrod. In this snippet, Jayel has realized that the man who just found her chained up in the barn is more than your average, insanely gorgeous ranch hand.

Jerrod glanced up at her, and she gasped at the tiny gold flecks sparkling in his eyes.
I should have realized you were too handsome to let anywhere near me,” she said, wiggling away to press her back against the wood slats behind her.
He glanced over the paperclip pieces he was examining. “You got an upper limit on how attractive a guy is allowed to be?”
“Yeah, considering I've noticed that guys around here who are too gorgeous for their own good aren’t human.”
He picked up the padlock and grunted. “Sounds like someone who’s gotten burned in love.”
“Werewolves have nothing to do with my love life,” she said, glaring at the sly, seductive grin he gave in reply.


Here's to "too gorgeous" guys!
So what do you think?



Find my Lone Wolves of Shay Falls series at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or at Bookstrand here:

Trailer for the Lone Wolves of Shay Falls series:


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For more awesome snippets, check out 


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I'm J. Rose Allister, wife, working mom, and the author of over twenty-five books. Somewhere in between one and the next, I love hanging out here on my blog and over on Twitter. Give me a comment or follow-I love chatting with people!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Riding a Camel: Visions of Fire and Ice by Teresa D'Amario

Today I'm happy to have special guest author Teresa D'Amario, who's here during her Visions of Fire and Ice book tour. Be sure to check out the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post! Someone will be winning a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card. (And keep following the tour here.)

By the way, Teresa not only writes about the sizzling Egyptian desert, she's been there. So Teresa, you actually rode a camel? What was that like?

What’s it like to ride a camel?

When I went to Egypt, many years ago, it wasn’t the dangerous culture it is today.  It was a beautiful and very tourist friendly nation.  I hope someday it returns to that.  So much has been found even since the last time I was there.  One of the recent finds at that time, was the tombs of the builders.  I saw some of those, but they were just getting started excavating.  Even so, it was an amazing trip.  Of the things I remember most of Egypt, some of the more interesting things stick out.  First, I was encouraged to take a ride on a camel. 

Now I’m not afraid of heights.  I’m seriously afraid of falling from heights though, and so certain things do bother me.  We get on the camel, and wow, are they tall.  First, as the animal stood, I thought I was going to fall on my head, so I had to hang on really tight.  We wandered around, with the man guiding the camel, and me bouncing around.  I wanted a photo, so I asked our guide to snap one.  He agreed.  “How much?”  He says “No charge.”  He snaps the camera, then grins.  “$5.00 please”.  I thought he said it was free!  It was.  But, guess what?  It was $5.00 to get your camera back!

No, I’m not joking.  It was very funny once you realized what they were doing.  If you wanted assistance across the street (and trust me, you definitely needed assistance to not get killed), you had to pay $5.00. 

So back to our camel ride.  It was amazing.  Bouncy as all get out, but amazing just the same.  It was fascinating to wander through the desert behind the pyramids, and know that just on the other side was the bustling city of Cairo.  They’ve done an excellent job of keeping the pyramids away from so much of the bustle, or at least had up to that point. 

So what was it like to ride a camel?  Fascinating.  Exciting.  Terrifying.  And the dang thing stank something fierce.  

LOL, I'll keep that in mind. Meanwhile, here's the skinny on her book. Do yourself a favor and rush out to get it!

Visions of Fire and Ice
by Teresa D'Amario

Trapped on a planet not their own, the Petiri spend their lives hiding the natural gifts that set them apart from the world.  They live long and unfulfilled lives, unable to find their soul mates on this backward planet known as Earth.  That is until the night Ramose comes face to face with Tamara, a woman whose gifts rival his own.  Determined to find why this human is in possession of an ancient magical Petiri relic, he arranges a meeting. 

But Tamara, embittered from past events, is wary despite lifelong dreams of Ramose and a sure knowledge he is her soul mate.  Before long the couple find themselves ensnared in a battle that has raged for millennia in Egypt’s desert.  Set, Egyptian God of Chaos, is determined to take his just due: the throne of Osiris.  

The only way to stop him is for Ramose to put his trust in Tamara, but first must gain the same from her.  The ensuing sensual relationship is filled with romance, lust and love.  Their relationship is tested by an unnatural evil. Will her powers over fire, combined with his ice be enough to win the day?  Or will the ancient gods and goddesses of Egypt destroy more than just their love?

Excerpt:

Tamara stopped with the key halfway in the lock on her door and whirled around. “What did you say?”

“You heard me,” he said.

A twinge of frustrated anger sparked inside her. She didn’t tolerate her younger brother ordering her around, and she surely wasn’t going to tolerate anyone else to either. She raised a finger and pointed it at his chest. “Oh, no, we aren’t even going down this path. Let me stop you right there.” Her finger poked at hard as rock muscles, and his eyes widened, this time in surprise. “I’ve raised three sisters and a brother. Nobody tells me what to do. I make my own decisions, buster. If you think for an instant I’ll let some overgrown child tell me to stay away from the playground bully, you’ve got another thing coming.”

His brow raised, and his oh so heavenly full lips quirked into a smile. “Overgrown child?”

“You know what I mean.” Tamara’s stomach twisted inside. She really hadn’t meant to come on so strong, but, then, she hadn’t expected the sudden humor in his eyes either. That smile did something to her insides, making her muscles quiver like Jell-O.

He softened, leaning toward her, his face so close.

Until now, she’d disregarded how much like her dream man he looked. Well, she’d tried to ignore it. Just like she’d tried not to notice how arousing that small tattoo on his cheek was. But, then, he offered her his crooked half smile, and strange things happened inside her. Damn, he’s sexy.

“Is that how you see me?” He rested one arm on the doorframe, leaning toward her. Despite the casual pose, he reeked of masculine strength. Power rolled over her, pulling her ever closer to his heat, feathering across her body like wings.

The tingle along her skin, so light and so warm, was like magick. Or was it her imagination? But when his breath whispered across her face, his masculine scent drove all inquisitive thoughts from her mind. Her eyes fluttered, though she fought to keep them open.

His scent was hard, edgy, and oh so male. It took all she had to not lean forward and inhale like some drug addict.

Any other time, someone so tall and imposing leaning over her like this would set off all kinds of alarms in her head. Yet, with Ramose, she didn’t feel uncomfortable. Was that because of the dream? If so, she was headed for a big disappointment, because there was no way this man was the same one.

She would not let him kiss her. That was so not happening on her first night in Egypt.

Was it?

He waited, with that crooked half smile, his head cocked to one side.

“What?” she finally asked, realizing she’d forgotten his question.

“Like an overgrown child?” His eyes darkened, and the edge of purple energy flashed along the perimeter of his body.

Tamara’s breath hitched, her lips curving into a smile. She’d bet if he could see her aura, it’d be more than edged with purple. Aw, hell, maybe it was going to happen. What was the harm in a simple kiss? “Aren’t all men overgrown children?”

What was she doing? Her voice didn’t even sound like hers. Instead, it sounded like some come-hither sex goddess or something. She bit her lip, but, no matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t look away.

He chuckled, his gaze never leaving hers. “I have not been called a child for many, many years, Tamara.” His soft, dark curls brushed her cheek, and he dipped his head, drawing closer.

The sound of his laughter did strange things inside her, and her knees trembled. She leaned back against her door. She really should unlock it, go inside, get on the phone, and yell at Julie. But, right this instant, all she could think about was the powerful man leaning over her, his masculine scent teasing her senses.

Sense.

Yep, she needed to find some because every bit of common sense had scattered about the time he’d leaned against the doorjamb. “Maybe it’s time someone reminded you of who you are.”

He laughed again, the sound low in his throat. He brushed aside a stray hair teasing her cheek. She swallowed hard when he let his hand trail down her shoulder to her arm bracelet. His eyes sparked, and, for an instant, she thought she saw anger flicker in his aura, but it disappeared before she could be sure.

“Tomorrow, then,” he said. He leaned forward, and she thought he would kiss her now. She longed for his lips to touch hers, but he merely whispered in her ear. “Nine in the morning. Be ready.”

He turned and moved down the hall.

Tamara was tempted to watch him until he reached the elevator, but that would be just wrong. What the hell? It’s a vacation. She peered down the hall one more time.

Oooh, bad idea. His trousers clung to his butt, cupping each cheek as delicately as a woman’s hands.

With heat burning in her cheeks, Tamara jerked back to her door, twisted the key, and charged inside, slamming the door between them.

About the author:
Born in Atlanta, the daughter of an Army Soldier during the early stages of the Viet Nam war, I spent my childhood traveling from state to state, finally ending up overseas in Germany where I graduated high school six months early.

My writing career however began as a young Airman in the Air Force, writing monthly articles for the weekly base paper.  The articles ranged from climatological data to full center fold articles on the destructive forces of hurricanes.  As I increased in rank, my writing changed to more technological instruction, including such works as  WSR-88D Doppler Radar Data Interpretation Guide for North Carolina Stations, and Station Operating Procedures.  

But my early writing wasn’t limited only to the technological side.  I’ve written multiple dog training and behavior articles for canine websites such as Sonora Canine Freestyle, and also the Ask Blackjack column, a fun training column in the voice of my labrador retriever, then a young pup.

My first book, SheWolf, won 2nd place for Best First book in RWA’s PFF&P Prism awards.

 I’m married to a wonderful man named Doug, who is also retired Air Force.  We live in North Carolina with our two dogs. 

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Gluten Free Cocoa Pumpkin Bread

It's Too Yummy Tuesday!

On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious!

Gluten Free Cocoa Pumpkin Bread
I was in the mood for some pumpkin bread that fit the no refined sugar/no grains diet at our house. I tweaked a combination of Paleo pumpkin pancake/bread recipes with some modifications, and the family loved it!

This bread is moist, rich, and flavorful. You might want to double up, since one loaf won't last very long!

Ingredients
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix). 
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup nut butter -I used sunflower seed butter that was on sale, but almond or cashew butter works too. If you're gluten free but not Paleo, peanut butter can be substituted. 
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey- or a combination. I used half and half
1 tsp vanilla
1-2 Tbsp cocoa powder (I used the lesser amount; use more if you want it more chocolaty)
3 Tbsp coconut flour
1 and 1/2 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice to taste (or about 1/2 tsp each/to taste of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground ginger)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine wet ingredients first. Add dry ingredients and stir until mixed well.  Spread batter into a greased loaf pan, and if you want extra insurance, line with parchment as shown here. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes clean.  

This is great still warm from the oven--yum! It's also good served with whipped cream, either the normal variety or a non-dairy Paleo version like this one.

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J. Rose Allister is the author of more than twenty-five 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. Connect with her on Twitter or Goodreads. She loves talking to people!

Monday, December 16, 2013

My Favorite Cliche -Guesting on M.S. Kaye

I'm over on M.S. Kaye's blog for an interview today, including my favorite cliche (which I just gave a nod to by writing it into dialogue in Disarming Cowboys). Please stop by and say hello!

M.S. Kaye's Blog

Sunday, December 15, 2013

A Different Type of Meal -Snippet Sunday

~~Today's snippet contains mature themes~~

On Sundays, I share tidbits of my works in progress as part of Weekend Warrior’s 8-Sentence Sunday

My current work in progress is DISARMING COWBOYS, book 7 of my Lone Wolves of Shay Falls series. 

Last time, our heroine was rescued from a werewolf attack by a sexy, naked shifter. Since the chapter I'm working on contains too many spoilers, let's jump back to where Jayel and David first meet.

Jayel's eyes shifted to this “David” Solomon was addressing, a man who wasn’t paying the slightest attention to his alpha’s orders. He was standing stiff as a fireplace log, staring at Jayel like she was a long-lost relative—or girlfriend. Either way, he was gaping at her like an altogether different type of meal than the rest of the pack was. He was far better looking, too, and considering how much skin she was currently being forced to endure, she could make that judgment from head to foot. Tall and blond with an athletic-meets-steroids build, David would be quite the heartthrob if not for his utterly ridiculous wolf in the headlights expression.

“David!” Solomon snapped, and the man’s head finally whipped around to where his alpha was glaring at him.


“Thank you for joining us,” Solomon said. “Care to get your ass outside and have the others bring in our guest?”


I love first meetings, both reading and writing them. Such fun. 
So what do you think?



Find my Lone Wolves of Shay Falls series at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or at Bookstrand here:

Trailer for the Lone Wolves of Shay Falls series:

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For more awesome snippets, check out 


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I'm J. Rose Allister, wife, working mom, and the author of over twenty-five books. Somewhere in between one and the next, I love hanging out here on my blog and over on Twitter. Give me a comment or follow-I love chatting with people!

Friday, December 13, 2013

10 Reasons Why I Love to Read

Ten Reasons Why I Love to Read
by Mindy Larson

We all love to read. Most of us do anyhow. There are those who are into sports, boating, shopping, gardening, hiking, fishing, working out. Whatever it is. And although those things are great, this post isn’t about those things. It’s about reading! And personally I never trust anyone who doesn’t enjoy a great book! Whether you read a few books a week, a month, or just a few a year, read on and see if you agree!

1-It’s a way to travel without all the costly expenditures. You can go anywhere, at anytime, for a very reasonable price, and without even having to get out of your pajamas! You don’t have to pack a bag. Put on an ounce of makeup. Or leave the comforts of your home. How amazing is that?

2- You’ll never be bored. You can read while waiting at the doctor’s office. Stuck in a long line at the grocery store. Or when you’re hubby is watching a sporting event that you can’t seem to get into. Reading is a great escape!

3- Want to try something new? Skydiving? Surfing? Hang gliding? Maybe you’re afraid of heights, water, or you just plain don’t have the nerve to do these things, but while reading, you can! You can live through the characters in a book and experience things first hand and without risk of injury.

4- Who isn’t stressing about something? The holidays are right around the corner. If you’re like me, you haven’t even begun to shop, pull out the decorations, or even begun to read through your favorite recipes. Wow. I’m panicking now just thinking about it! But I know what will help me chill out, cracking open a book! Even if it’s just for a moment or two. In fact, it’s been proven that in just six minutes it can slow your heart rate.

 5- Every time I read something, I learn something new. Even if it’s just a new word. Sometimes, just for fun, I like to slip in a new word and watch my kids’ faces as they try to figure out the meaning.
6- At a family event? Reading will help you avoid a few awkward conversations. Maybe one you’ve been avoiding with Great Aunt Alice as to why you’re still single. Well, I don’t actually recommend that last one, but you get the idea. A book can save you!
7- Ever read a book with a large cast of kooky characters? Keeping them all straight in your head is great for stretching your memory capabilities!
8- My Grandma always says, ‘You’re never lonely when you’re reading a book.’ And she’s right, you always have a friend. A companion. A lover. 
9- As a self proclaimed bookworm, I can’t think of a time where I haven’t had books in my life. They’re as comforting to me as macaroni and cheese. Hot chocolate. Flannel pajamas. Some of my best childhood memories are of my mom reading to me and my brothers. And as a parent, I cherish the nightly reading sessions we have when we shut out the world and snuggle close in with a book.
10- And lastly, reading and writing go together as well as peanut butter and jelly! And as a writer there is no better tool to sharpen my skills than diving into an amazing book. I love checking out others authors writing styles, and realizing, oh! I can begin a sentence with the word ‘and’ or ‘but’! And it can also help to perfect my own writing voice as I find what I like and don’t like about a particular style.
So whether you’re a writer, reader, bored, lonely, or just in need of an escape, grab a book and enjoy! Thanks for reading and allowing me to share my own passion of reading/writing with you!!

This Morning I Woke Up Dead
by Mindy Larson

During the months of November and  December - 1% of the gross sales of all novels with Lavish Publishing, LLC will be donated to the Lupus Foundation of America.  The donation will be made in May 2014 in honor of AA Pencil and National Lupus Awareness Month.

What would you do? What rules would you break to be with your soul mate? This morning Hadley Christensen and Dominic Morris woke up living their dream lives. They are engaged and each has promising careers in the medical field. They are happier and more fulfilled than they have ever been, and they are ready to begin their happily ever after.

Sadly, on her way to work, Hadley is in an accident. Before taking her last breath, she realizes she is already dead - and everyone on Earth is too. Now Hadley and Dominic must each find a way to live without one another. How do they continue when they are two parts of one flame? 

Hadley is given permission by the Masters to contact Dominic in the hopes he will also realize he is already dead. If Dominic can open his mind to hear Hadley they can be together forever. Is Dominic ready to give up life the way he knows it? 

About the Author
Mindy Larsen has always had a vivid imagination that has only improved with her love of reading and writing.  She spent much of her childhood entertaining her three younger brothers with her stories and today she is bringing her imagination to life in books.

When not writing, Mindy enjoys spending time with the love of her life and four children while playing disc golf, cooking, baking, traveling and exploring.