Tuesday, November 22, 2016

EXCERPT AND GIVEAWAY: Asian Slow Cooker Recipes by Kelly Kwok


The Asian Slow Cooker cookbook provides great new flavors to try in your slow cooker. These simple and delicious recipes will have your favorite Asian dishes waiting for you right when you get home. With the press of a button, you can make authentic dishes that are healthier and tastier than their restaurant counterparts. You’ll experience a wide variety of flavors; choose spicy, vegetarian, noodles or rice. There are even recipes that have 5 ingredients or less. Extra long day? Kelly’s fuss-free one-pot and skillet recipes will have dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less?and with only one pan to wash, cleanup will be a breeze.Whether you’re in the mood for General Tso’s Chicken, Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken, Beef Chow Fun, Panang Curry, Mapo Tofu or Tom Yum Hot and Sour Soup, you can have fast, delicious meals every day of the week the easy way.


We all have those busy weeknights when all we want to do is forget about
making dinner and order our favorite dishes from the local takeout

Who can resist slurping up the classic Chicken Lo Mein noodles with a plate
of Orange Beef, Teriyaki Chicken and Korean-Style Short Ribs?

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Bio: Kelly is the blogger behind Life Made Sweeter. She is a self-taught baker and specializes in Asian cuisine. You can often find her in the kitchen dreaming up tasty new dishes that are quick and easy to make for her family. She enjoys using her slow cooker and adding a fun and healthy twist to many classic favorites. Follow Kelly on her social media!




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Thursday, November 17, 2016

#REVIEW: First K.I.S.S. by VA Dold

What do you do when your past comes creeping back?

Carol Duffy is facing the next chapter in her life. She alternates between excitement and
fear as she drives toward her fresh start with a new job in a new state. She’s washed her cheating
ex-fiancé out of her hair, and the last thing Carol wants is another man in her life. Now if she
could just get her dog back.
Moving from the only home she’s known is terrifying enough. It’s a good thing she didn’t
know how deadly it could be or she would never have gotten into her car.
Widower Joe Christian has spent the last ten years raising his children as best he could and
managing the Rocking Double L Ranch for Lucas Le Beau. Relationships and romance are off
his menu.
He had his chance at true love and lost it.
The quiet life at the Rocking Double L is about to become much more exciting. It's just
another day on the Le Beau ranch with a heady combination of a romance that refuses to be
denied, Texas weather that can turn dangerous, and a lethal stalker.
Krystal's Intuitive Soulmate Service. Come to the Le Beau Rocking Double L Ranch, where
Krystal and your spirit guide will match you with your perfect partner today.

My Rating: 4 stars

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I had read the previous Le Beau series and I loved it. This was an excellent way for the author to introduce a whole new series without alienating her previous series and her readership. However, because I knew of the previous series, and loved it so much, I was hoping for a little more paranormal than is in this book. It will just take a little adjusting. I'm not 100% sure you can read this book without at least a general knowledge of the previous series, as there are enough paranormal hints in it that could potentially throw off a brand-new reader.
That being said, I loved Carol and Christian's story. The author did a great job in helping the reader to empathize with Christian's love for his previous wife. I'm not quite sure ten year olds would agree so readily to the ending with someone they seemed to have hardly met, though maybe the time lapse between the children meeting her and the end just wasn't enough for me. I liked Carol as a character but felt she needed a little bit more of a backbone at times. Christian I loved, he was the perfect mix of rugged cowboy and gentleman.

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V.A. Dold is a bestselling author of the Award-winning Le Beau Series and the K.I.S.S series.
Her idea of absolute heaven is a day in the French Quarter with her computer, her coffee mug, and the Brothers, of course. Or a night with a sexy cowboy in the hayloft.
A Midwest native with her heart lost to Louisiana & Texas. She has a penchant for titillating tales featuring sexy men and strong women. When she's not writing, she's probably taking in a movie, reading, or traveling. Oh, and there is the distinct possibility she is out cowboy hunting.

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

#GIVEAWAY: Devour Reads Newsletters


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Sunday, October 30, 2016

#REVIEW: Against All Grain Celebrations by Danielle Walker

Title: Against All Grain Celebrations
Author: Danielle Walker
Series: none
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Published Date: September 27. 2016
ISBN: 978-1607749424
Pages: 352
Buy It Link: Amazon

Synopsis: When people adopt a new diet for health or personal reasons, they worry most about the parties, holidays, and events with strong food traditions, fearing their fond memories will be lost along with the newly eliminated food groups. After suffering for years with a debilitating autoimmune disease and missing many of these special occasions herself, Danielle Walker has revived the joy that cooking for holidays can bring in Danielle Walker's Against All Grain Celebrations, a collection of recipes and menus for twelve special occasions throughout the year.

Featuring a variety of birthday cakes, finger foods to serve at a baby or bridal shower, and re-creations of backyard barbecue standards like peach cobbler and corn bread, Danielle includes all of the classics. There’s a full Thanksgiving spread--complete with turkey and stuffing, creamy green bean casserole, and pies--and menus for Christmas dinner; a New Year's Eve cocktail party and Easter brunch are covered, along with suggestions for beverages and cocktails and the all-important desserts. Recipes can be mixed and matched among the various occasions, and many of the dishes are simple enough for everyday cooking. Stunning full-color photographs of every dish make browsing the pages as delightful as cooking the recipes, and beautiful party images provide approachable and creative entertaining ideas.

Making recipes using unfamiliar ingredients can cause anxiety, and while trying a new menu on a regular weeknight leaves some room for error, the meal simply cannot fail when you have a table full of guests celebrating a special occasion. Danielle has transformed her most cherished family traditions into trustworthy recipes you can feel confident serving, whether you’re hosting a special guest with food allergies, or cooking for a crowd of regular grain-eaters.

My Rating: 2 stars

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review on NetGalley.
Maybe I was just expecting something different but I was very disappointed in this book. Grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free comfort foods...it sounded like heaven! I so looked forward to the recipes in this book, but when I started delving into the recipes, they were so difficult. The ingredients aren't anywhere easy to get, the recipes take an awful long time to prepare and serve.
I just don't think it is worth the hassle.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

#EXCERPT and #GIVEAWAY: The Crimson Tree by Valerie Puri

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CrimsonTree-ebook-webThe Crimson Tree

Disembodied voices. Apparitions. Waking nightmares. Strange occurrences are happening with increased intensity and Carly cannot escape what is tormenting her. With little proof and little support, she is losing everything in her life: her fiancé, friendships, and her sanity. Can Carly uncover what caused the supernatural derailing of her life? Can she ever get rid of her ghostly tormentor, or is she doomed to be haunted indefinitely? Determined to stop these frightening events, she has to do whatever she can to regain control of her life before things take a deadly turn.

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Carly looked at the lamps she had turned on earlier as the intensity of the light fluctuated. She glanced at James who was staring at the TV with wide eyes. Carly looked over at Dominique who wore a matching expression that was fixed on the TV screen.
James slowly leaned forward to the coffee table and lifted the remote control. “Whatever you do,” he said in a low voice. “Do not look at the TV.”
Despite the request, Carly found her eyes moving towards the television screen. It was the gravitational pull of the forbidden. She clenched her jaw and swallowed hard when she caught sight of the TV screen.
The movie the three of them were just watching was frozen on the screen. A semi-translucent face dominated the screen and was looking directly at them. It was not the face of one of the actors in the film. It was a face that Carly knew well. That same eyeless onlooker which seemed to follow her everywhere. And now he was here.

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Valerie Puri – Author Bio

Valerie Puri has always had a lifelong interest in all forms of artistic expression. She has tried her hand at many things, yet she always finds her way back to reading and writing. With inspiration everywhere, Valerie finally put pen to paper (or rather, fingers to keyboard) with the intent of publishing her stories. Writing has always come naturally to Valerie, and for a time she even worked as a technical writer. This experience and her current day job of project manager helps Valerie continue to hone her writing skills. Her true passion lies in the freedom that comes with writing the stories that pour from her imagination and real life inspiration. Valerie believes that the experiences we have in life are just stories waiting to be written.  

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

#EXCERPT: Hunting Taylor Brown by Rhys Hagan

Outlaw bikers, rogue police, brutal gangsters and a ruthless assassin converge in the city of Shoremont to claim the bounty on Ryan Hall’s head and recover the girl he rescued—Taylor Brown.
Taylor is the daughter of a powerful and calculating mob boss, Cameron Brown, who isn’t sparing any expense to know his daughter is safe and exact vengeance on those responsible for her kidnapping.
While the depraved maniacs of the city scrounge for their reward, Detective Jesse Wishman and Larry Manning must confront the mutual pain in their pasts if they hope to successfully resolve the case. When Manning’s daughter, and Wishman’s fiancée, was killed; it caused them both to spiral into obsession and self-loathing until they were forced to meet once again.
Join the estranged detectives as they attempt to defy the odds by clearing Hall’s name and uncover a conspiracy behind the disappearance of a child.


He sighed heavily and rubbed his forehead, trying to hide his nervous sweat. He wanted this to be over as much as I did. The only reason he’d wanted this case was that the evidence was condemning, making it light work, and it’d be good for his career. The question was could he live with himself if he ignored what was staring back at him from my phone for the sake of his reputation?
“Here’s what’s going to happen. You tell me what you know, and I’ll tell you what I know,” I demanded.
“How do I know I can trust you?” he asked. “You could just be using me to help your buddy. Then I get fired, and you fuck up the case.”
“At this point, I’ve got a lot more to lose than you do.” I leaned in and tentatively admitted, “To get what I want, I need your help . . .”
Manning began anxiously rubbing his wrinkled forehead again. Thunder covered the silence, making the entire house rumble while I waited for a response. Because of how fast this was unraveling, chances were Hall’s fate would be decided by what happened in the next few days—and by Larry Manning’s next sentence.
He hocked down the rest of his whisky and slammed down his glass. Taking a seat across from me, he began, “Two days ago, Taylor Brown went missing . . .”

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Born in Regional Victoria, Australia in 1990, Rhys Hagan displayed a passion for creative writing throughout his childhood years.
After high school, he joined the Royal Australian Army as a rifleman to develop skills he will carry with him for life. His experiences have also enriched his perspective as a writer. He regularly draws on his time in the military as a source of inspiration for his writing.
To find out more about Rhys, his novels, release dates, and sneak peaks—check out his website.


Friday, August 26, 2016

#BLAST: Tuning In by Chris Neal

How would you like to be twelve and be able to hear the unadulterated thoughts of every confused adult around you? Not every memory, but a person’s active thoughts. It makes for an interesting childhood.
Now trained as a con artist, by his family, Michael is all grown up and spreading his wings out in the real world, but there is a problem. Whether pulling small scams, impersonating a rich brat or playing poker with the mob, Michael is utterly unsatisfied with life. He questions his purpose and talents.
Chance smiles upon Michael, and he gets a job helping to steal a jewel collection with a sorted past. Jewels rumored to be the property of royalty, used to fund wars and even stolen once by the Nazi’s. Stealing that which has already been stolen is too tempting an opportunity to pass up.
He must infiltrate the high-powered New York law firm of Bishop, Adams, and Davenport. The smart and ruthless senior partners know where the bodies and the jewels are hidden. Michael must walk among them undiscovered as he and his team search for the jewels.
As a con artist this is a dream job but who is conning who, and what is that darkness he senses?
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About Chris Neal
Chris Neal is the author of the Tuning In Series.
He is a fan of all things urban fantasy including The Dresden Files and shows like The Originals, and Constantine. His love of reading and his children are his inspiration to write his stories and share his humor.
The Tuning In series is his first foray into writing about the paranormal con artist Michael Cheffied.
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