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S.S.O. Summer soup by Abigail Reynolds

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1 small onion, chopped (about 2/3 cup)2 tablespoon finely grated peeled fresh gingerroot2 tablespoons unsalted butter1 tablespoon curry powder1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled and sliced thin (about 4 cups)2 1/2 cups broth (chicken or vegetarian)1 cup coconut milk1 tablespoon lime juice ice water for thinning souptrimmed scallions for garnish (optional)
In a large heavy saucepan cook chopped scallion, onion, and gingerroot in butter with curry powder and salt and pepper to taste over moderately low heat until softened and add carrots and broth. Simmer mixture, covered, 20 minutes, or until carrots are very soft. In a blender purée mixture in batches with coconut milk until very smooth, transferring as puréed to a bowl. Stir in 1 tablespoon lime juice and chill soup at least 6 hour or overnight. Thin soup with ice water and season with additional lime juice and salt and pepper. Garnish soup with trimmed scallions.

Abigail Reynold's latest book, Mr. Darcy's Noble Connections is availa…

Review: Catherine by April Lindner

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Title: Catherine
Author: April Lindner
Publisher: Poppy
Published: January 2, 2013
E-book
ISBN13: 9780316196925
Genre: Young Adult
Source: NetGalley





Goodreads Summary:
Catherine is tired of struggling musicians befriending her just so they can get a gig at her Dad’s famous Manhattan club, The Underground. Then she meets mysterious Hence, an unbelievably passionate and talented musician on the brink of success. As their relationship grows, both are swept away in a fiery romance. But when their love is tested by a cruel whim of fate, will pride keep them apart?

Chelsea has always believed that her mom died of a sudden illness, until she finds a letter her dad has kept from her for years—a letter from her mom, Catherine, who didn’t die: She disappeared. Driven by unanswered questions, Chelsea sets out to look for her—starting with the return address on the letter: The Underground.

Told in two voices, twenty years apart, Catherine interweaves a timeless forbidden romance with a compelling modern mys…

On Simplicity and Writing Your First Book by Shane Michael Murray

On Simplicity and Writing Your First Book
by Shane Michael Murray.



I recently published my first novel, and thought it best to give a little idea of the process I used while it is all still fresh. What I learned more than anything is that it is best to start simple and do that simple thing well. Writing is an art, and learning an art takes time. Start simple; your masterpiece can come later. 

While this information is probably most useful to new writers, I am sure experienced writers will find this interesting as well, if only to remind them of a few fundamentals.

0. Read

If you don’t read much, you probably don’t have much business writing; it’s like trying to join a team football game without going to practice to learn the rules. No matter how great the story you want to tell is, you will need to learn some skills to back it up. Monkey see, monkey do. No see, no do.

1. Write What You Know

Write in the genre you read the most. This will be the one with which you have the most absorbed exper…

Cover Reveal for Wrath by Kristie Cook

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I'm so excited to participate in the cover reveal of Kristie Cook's next installment in the Soul Savers Series. But first – Kristie, Tristan (the major HOTTIE!!!! From the Soul Savers Series) and Tristan's advocate Lisa need your help!


Right this very minute Tristan is participating in his first match in the NA Crush Tourney!



Please go vote for him!

Then go threaten everyone you know to vote for him … or ask nicely. Whatever works. If WHEN Tristan wins, Kristie will share "A never-before-seen scene written from Tristan's point-of-view that I promise you will love. And if he wins the whole tourney? You'll get to read about their wedding night from Tristan's POV.".



Okay, now on to the gorgeous cover and title for Soul Savers Book 5:





Isn't it amazing? I can't wait for this book! It comes out later this summer and don't forget to follow Kristie for up-to-date news. Now don't forget to go vote for Tristan! Want to know why you should? Visit L…

The Week Before The Wedding

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Title: The Week Before the Wedding
Author: Beth Kendrick
Publisher: NAL
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Paperback, 337 pages
ISBN: 978-0-451-41573-8
Genre: Romance
Source: Publisher





Goodreads Summary:
After enduring a chaotic childhood, Emily McKellips yearns for a drama-free life, complete with a white picket fence. Her dreams are about to come true: She has a stellar career, a gorgeous house, and a fiancé any woman would die for. But as friends and family arrive in picturesque Valentine, Vermont, for her wedding, an uninvited guest shows up.

Ryan is Emily’s first husband from a disastrous starter marriage. They wed on a whim, only to discover that combustible chemistry couldn’t ensure a happily ever after. But Ryan is no longer the headstrong boy she left behind. He’s now a successful film producer who just happens to be scouting a resort in Valentine with his adorable retriever in tow.

As the bridesmaids revolt and the mothers of the bride and groom do battle, Emily is surprised to disc…

teaser of the cover for the fifth book in the Soul Saver Series

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I'm thrilled to share with you a teaser of the cover for the fifth book in the Soul Saver Series By: Kristie Cook that I LOVE! Take a look and see what you think, and keep an eye out for the FULL cover reveal coming this Tuesday!



Title: TBA on Tuesday! Author: Kristie Cook Publisher: Ang'dora Productions, LLC (Coming SUMMER 2013) Find Kristie and her books on:Goodreads
Synopsis to follow!

Haven't read the series? How about a FREE eBook copy of Promise? It's FREE on ALL platforms! Yes it is! Here's links where you can get YOUR FREE COPY TODAY!



Order the FREE eBook Online here:Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Smashwords

In the UK:Amazon, iBooks





Okay, Lisa at A Life Bound By Books is still looking for HELP with the #NACrushTourney for none other than Tristan Knight himself! She's created a Street Team called #KnightRiders and would LOVE to have YOU help Tristan make his way to VICTORY!! The first round is coming up quick. Here's all the info you need to know so…

How Lauren Baratz-Logsted likes to chill during the summer.

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I'm afraid to say, you don't get over 30 books published in 10 years by worrying yourself overmuch with domestic issues. My motto? "If the microwave still works, we're eating tonight; and if nothing is actively crawling, this place is clean enough." So how do I keep cool in the summer? Very nicely. I open a bottle of Prosecco, fill the big wineglass so I don't have to waste too much time on extra trips to the fridge, and then I take it and a good book and go to sit on the bench out front. As of this writing, it's not officially summer yet, but it is a gorgeous day out, which means that tonight you can find me... 







Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of The Bro-Magnet and Pursuing the Timeswww.laurenbaratzlogsted.com

The Bookman's Tale Giveaway

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Hay-on-Wye, 1995. Peter Byerly isn’t sure what drew him into this particular bookshop. Nine months earlier, the death of his beloved wife, Amanda, had left him shattered. The young antiquarian bookseller relocated from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, Peter is shocked when a portrait of Amanda tumbles out of its pages. Of course, it isn’t really her. The watercolor is clearly Victorian. Yet the resemblance is uncanny, and Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture’s origins.

As he follows the trail back first to the Victorian era and then to Shakespeare’s time, Peter communes with Amanda’s spirit, learns the truth about his own past, and discovers a book that might definitively prove Shakespeare was, indeed, the author of all his plays.

Thanks to Viking, I have one copy of The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession to …

The Look of Love by Bella Andre feature

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THE LOOK OF LOVE
BELLA ANDRE
THE LOOK OF LOVE
Bella Andre
Harlequin/MIRA
$5.99 U.S./$5.99 CAN.
ISBN-13: 978-0-7783-1556-8 Available at Amazon
Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. When her car skids off the side of a wet country road and into a ditch, she’s convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he?
A successful photographer who frequently travels around the world, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is—until the night he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley. Not only has Chase never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, he realizes Chloe has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, Chase is willing to move mountains to love—and protect—her, but will she let him? Chloe vows never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Only she can’t help but …

Win A Trip To The Set of Vampire Academy

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The Weinstein Company (the producers of Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters) is sending one lucky fan (and a traveling companion) to London to hang with the cast of Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters!

All you have to do is visit http://vampireacademybloodsisters.comin order to enter. No contests, no hoops to jump through, just your information and your Vampire Academy fan fervor! 

The movie set to release February 14, 2014. It's directed by Mark Waters and starring Zoey Deutch, Danila Kozlovsky and Lucy Fry. And most importantly Danila Valerievich Kozlovsky will be playing Dimitri:


The Rockin’ Chair excerpt

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The Rockin’ Chair excerpt

Alice could feel the sun on her eyelids before she dared opening them. Beginning with a squint, she was blinded by the light that engulfed the room. Taking a second to adjust, she shook off the two quilts that restrained her, and then grabbed for her flowered housecoat at the foot of the massive bed. Throwing it on, she steadied her tiny feet into a pair of worn moccasins, all-the-while wondering, Why didn’t Ma let me sleep in? It don’t make no sense. It’s Saturday…with no responsibilities to school or church. She felt tired, more exhausted than usual, but waking to a fire burning into her pupils was certainly not the way to start such a pretty day. Making the mental note, I’ll have to talk to Ma about the rude awakening, she stumbled and had to brace herself at the doorway. Her mind had sent some message that her body could not interpret. Brushing it off as fatigue, she started again toward the kitchen, thinking, Maybe Ma will let me help with breakfast? Grab…

Dark Innocence Blog Tour: Rahima Warren Guest Post and Giveaway

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My Unusual Writer’s JourneyOnce upon a time, I was a psychotherapist, minding my own business, and seeing my clients. I never thought I’d write a fantasy story, let alone a trilogy! Then one day, I wrote a little story in my journal. The idea was to write down my inner fantasy/dream character’s story so he’d stop bugging me. Big mistake! That little story ignited a bonfire! Over a decade later, I’ve retired from my practice, and have written a dark, deep, spiritual and healing fantasy trilogy, entitled THE STAR-SEER’S PROPHECY. So far the first book in the trilogy, DARK INNOCENCE, has been published. How’d this happen, you ask? It wasn’t my idea! The hero—his name is Kyr, by the way—had quite a journey to go on. The only way he could do it was to take over my life and turn me into a writer. Of course, I could have told him “no” and kept on ignoring him. But one thing I had learned on my journey was to honor whatever emerges from the unconscious/dreaming mind, no matter how uncomfortab…