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Romance on the menu spring 2015

Hello everyone! Sorry I haven’t been around much lately. There has been a lot going on and I was having this lovely new website designed. I am finally back though! I hope you made it through the winter ok! Ours hit right at the end, roaring out like a lion.  Right now its cool and rainy.

I picked up some sliced mangos at the big box store last week and after nibbling on a couple slices I got  bored with them. I had no clue what to do until my stepdaughter suggested we make Mango chips from them. She said she had them in Guatemala and they were awesome. So  I figured why not.

I pulled out the trusty dehydrator ( you can do in an oven on lowest setting), we sliced them a bit thinner, sprinkled with course sea salt and set on 180.

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that is all there was to it.

I have to admit every time I went to turn them I stole one…They were much better with salt than plain. I forgot to take pictures of the mangos in the dehydrator.

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How did it come out? I was a bit disappointed. It took about 24 to 32 hours before they got crisp. there aren’t crispy like a potato chip but they snap. They are a bit hard to chew. Taste? not too bad. They  are a bit tart and a bit salty. It reminded me of a margarita. I am not giving up though!

 

Have you ever made your own chips? Do you have a favorite recipe? Do you use a dehydrator if  so what is your favorite use for it??

 

Romance Rocks A golden State of Mind

Last Spring when I was at dad’s he would always put the weather  channel on first thing of the morning while we had coffee. He  also has one of those local forecast stations that play music as the weather scrolls. This song was what played the entire time I was there. I fell in love with it as it  was so upbeat  and uplifting( the tune anyhow) .  It made me wan tot get moving!So let’s get up and move with a Golden State fo Mind

Defined By Deceit (giveaway)

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Author A.E. Via

Title:  DEFINED BY DECEIT

M/M GAY ROMANCE CONTEMPORARY

Edited by: Tina Adamski

Cover Art by: Jay Aheer

300 Pages

Release Date: March 27 2015

 

 

 

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Life isn’t always fair, and that’s something that Llewellyn Gardner knows about first hand. His life was on the fast track until one night of extreme passion changed everything.

Now eight years later, he’s still living with the aftershocks of that night. Everywhere he turns or runs, there’s another reminder. What the hell do you do when you try to drown your demons only to find out they can swim?

Shane Smith, Jr. owner of Smith Construction, could see the emotional turmoil within his new employee — it’s why he hired him. There was something about the gorgeous, misunderstood man with the overly expressive eyes that came to their small town with a past no one was willing to overlook. Shane could see the good in Llewellyn, and those eyes of his were a clear window to his soul. Shane wasn’t going to let the man live a future of solitude because his past had been plagued with deceit.

Llewellyn wasn’t sure what to think about Shane. After years of protecting himself from being tricked twice, he was now faced with worry again. What would happen to him if Shane didn’t believe his truth, and walked away? Llewellyn wasn’t sure he’d be able to survive being left alone. Again.

 

 

 

 

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Llew sighed and stood back up. He brought both hands up and hooked them on the top of the doorframe, looking down at Shane. Something in Shane’s eyes made him want to do anything for him, anything that would keep him looking at him like that. He watched as he came closer and closer until Shane’s head was tilted up to look at him.

“Don’t go okay?” he whispered, standing close enough that his breath ghosted over Llew’s chin when he spoke. “Stay, please.”

“Why?” Llew asked, his voice dark and full of hurt.

Shane shook his head and ran his hand through his hair. “I don’t know yet. But… just don’t go, alright. I need to get over to my parents’ place for dinner, I’m already late. But, um. I’ll see you at work tomorrow, seven sharp.” Shane give a him a cute wink. “Don’t be late either, your boss is a real ballbuster.”

Llew ducked his head and smiled.

Shane backed up and snorted a startled breath. “Wow. You look so different when you smile.” He pinched the bridge of his nose and shook his head like he was searching for the right words. “Not better… just different.”

Llew watched him go, his spirits a little lighter since he hadn’t lost his chance at the job he needed so much. He pushed his bag back in the closet, but didn’t unpack. He went to the kitchen and got a bottle of water for his dry mouth. Looking around the room, he thought it looked so much better with Shane in it. He dropped down to the floor, glancing at his watch. He had an hour and half before he was supposed to be at the general store for his training. He doubted he was still employed, but he’d show up, nonetheless. When he contemplated his life now, he thought about Shane.

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You can win an E copy of Defined by Deceit by leaving me a comment. Have you ever been deceived? If so how did you overcome it? Be sure to leave an email address so I can contact you.

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Meet A.E.:

A.E. Via is still a fairly new author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. Her writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to spicy to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.

When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children, her two pets, a Maltese dog and her white Siamese cat, ELynn, named after the late, great gay romance author E. Lynn Harris.

While this is only her seventh novel, she has plenty more to come. So stalk her – she loves that – because the male on male action is just heating up!

Go to A.E. Via’s official website http://authoraevia.com for more detailed information on how to contact her, follow her, or a sneak peak on upcoming work, free reads, and where she’ll appear next.

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7354860.A_E_Via

 

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/aeviaauthor

 

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorAEVia

 

Amazon Author Pagehttp://www.amazon.com/A.-E.-Via/e/B00GMNMS4U/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

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 My Review

Oh wow! It’s a wonder I didn’t pass out from lack of oxygen as much as I held my breath through this book.  In the beginning, it was from suspense and towards the end it was for good things. I loved the twists and turns through the story.

The thing I like about A.E is though the stories are full of angst there is usually at least a happy for now ending if not HEA (you thought it was gonna spoil it and say which it was didn’t ya?)  The sex is so hot I had to turn on the fan. I love how A E deals with issues we don’t think about such as wrongful accusations or life in prison.  There was a scene or two in the prison part that was a bit scary though it was done majorly off the page so it wasn’t too graphic, yet we get the gist of it.

I loved all the characters. All the main ones are very well developed and a bit complex The story was suspenseful, angsty but had a few good moments to help balance it out.

The story gave me the chills good and bad!  I think this was up there with one of my favorites of the year.

If you like angst, wrongful accusations, suspense, twists, and some very hot man-sex this is for you!

You can buy it:

Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Defined-By-Deceit-A-E-Via-ebook/dp/B00UZDNRJI/ref=zg_bs_7588788011_7

 

AllRomance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-definedbydeceit-1768222-351.html

 

Author Official Website: http://authoraevia.com

 

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1121612268?ean=2940151519731

 

 

Two Man Advantage

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Hello Ya’ll! Today I have the lovely V.L .Locey with us here to talk about her new release Two Man advantage. It’s a charming M/M Hockey romance. Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win an E-copy

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Author Name: V.L. Locey

 

Book Name: Two Man Advantage

 

Release Date: April 15, 2015

 

Pages or Words: Novella

 

 Categories: Bisexual, Contemporary, Erotica, M/M Romance, Hockey Romance

 

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

 

Cover Artist: Allyse Karam

Victor Kalinski, all-star forward for the Boston Barracudas, is one of the biggest jerks in professional hockey. Before long his aggressive attitude gets him shipped off to play in the minor leagues.

Furious, he takes to the ice with equal amounts of skill and scathing sarcasm, which doesn’t win him any friends—except for good-natured alternate captain Daniel Arou. He won’t take any of Vic’s crap, and he won’t take no for an answer.

But Vic’s troublemaking is pulling his career one way while Dan’s talent is pushing his in the other. However much they scorch the sheets, they might soon be separated by more than Vic’s fear of being hurt.

Inside Scoop:  This book contains scorching gay sex and a heaping helping of no-holds-barred snark between hot hockey heroes who don’t pull their punches.

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Have you ever just watched someone sleep and been petrified and appreciative simultaneously? I know how totally stalker that sounds, but it wasn’t like “I’m a glittery vampire who sits here and watches some underage chick sleeping” weird. Okay, maybe it was a little bit of that kind of weird. I mean, I was lying beside Dan, admiring the hills and valleys of his back as the sun caressed his tanned flesh. His skin was smooth but clammy. The blankets were tangled around his legs. He slept just like he went through life—with energy. His thrashing was what had awoken me, as it had a few times during our road trip. Instead of snapping at him then stealing the covers back, I took this time to visually adore his body. Yeah, I was that fond of it. And him. Rest assured, that terrified me no end.

You can buy it here: http://www.ellorascave.com/two-man-advantage.html

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Meet V. L.:

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, belly laughs, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted goofy domestic fowl, and  two steers: one named after a famous N.H.L. goalie while the other carries the moniker of a 60s pop legend.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.

You can stalk—oops-follow V.L.:

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Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5807700.V_L_Locey

My blog- http://thoughtsfromayodelinggoatherder.blogspot.com/

tsú – https://www.tsu.co/vllocey

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25242856-two-man-advantage

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Hello everyone! Join us with Lilah Suzanne as she brings us a little spice and a giveaway!

Cat: How did you come up with this story? Is the title relevant to the story?

Lilah: I love rom-coms and really wanted to write one, so I started with the idea of an advice columnist who has trouble solving his own relationship problems, and his columns guide the story in a way. The title is from some articles Simon writes about how spice up your sex life, and it also relates to the way Benji comes in and adds some much needed zest to Simon’s life. And Benji is a ginger, so it works on that level too, even though I didn’t plan it that way!

Cat: Is there a message you would like the reader to gain from this story?

 

Lilah: Really the message is that love and the pursuit of it can be fun and happy and joyful. It doesn’t have to mean pain and suffering and drama. I hope readers come away from Spice with a sense of warmth and happiness.

Cat: Did you  have to read a lot of advice columns as research

 

Lilah: I did! I read many, many advice columns. I wanted to be sure that I was getting the questions and answers as accurate as possible (though Simon is not without his biases, of course.) And I wanted it to have a certain no-nonsense tone, like a lot of advice columns do.

Cat: What is your favorite spice?

 Lilah: Oh tough one. I love a good curry, does that count?

Cat: What are you working on now?

Lilah: My third book, titled Broken Records. It’s about Nico, a stylist in LA who is feeling fed up with his job and with Hollywood, so when meets a country music star named Grady with a reputation for being a playboy, Nico has to deal with his own misgivings about fame and rumors and being attracted to Grady despite his public persona.

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Book Name: Spice

Release Date: April 2, 2015

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23665480-spice

Author Name: Lilah Suzanne

Publisher: Interlude Press

Cover Artist: Cover Art by Gladys Garcia; Book Design by BuckeyeGrrl Designs

Categories: Contemporary, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Rom-Com

 Pages or Words: 228 Pages

 

As writer of the popular “Ask Eros” advice column, Simon Beck has an answer to every relationship question his readers can throw at him. When it comes to his own life, the answers are a little more elusive—until computer troubles introduce him to the newest and cutest member of his company’s IT support team. Simon may be charmed by Benji’s sweet and unassuming manner, but will he find the answer to the one relationship question he has never been able to solve: how to know when he’s met Mr. Right?

 

 

 

 

You can buy a copy at:

Interlude Press Web Store: http://store.interludepress.com/collections/frontpage/products/spice-by-lilah-suzanne-printed-book

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Spice-Lilah-Suzanne/dp/1941530257/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423000037&sr=8-1&keywords=spice+lilah+suzanne

You can Stalk—oops–Follow: : Lilah Suzanne has been writing actively since the sixth grade, when a literary magazine published her essay about an uncle who lost his life to AIDS. A freelance writer, she also authored a children’s book and has a devoted following in the online fan community.

www.lilahsuzanne.com

Facebook: Lilah Suzanne

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/lilahsuzanne

Twitter: @lilahsuzanne

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lilahsuzanne/

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 “How about you? Did you always want to be a writer?”

“Yeah. I think I did.” He finally gives up on work completely and closes the laptop. “I mean. I guess what I write about is kind of pointless, but I wanted to be a poet once upon a time, so I guess it could be even more pointless,” he jokes.

Benji’s eyebrows knot. “It’s not. Why would it be pointless?”

Simon gives a humorless laugh. “I mean, I write a sex column for women. Not exactly moving prose or hard-hitting journalism.”

Benji scoots over little on the desk, sitting with his legs so close to where Simon is sitting low in his chair that he can smell Benji’s crisp laundry detergent and citrusy soap. He suddenly has to fight the urge to move a fraction to the left, press his nose to the inside seam of Benji’s jeans and breathe him in.

“You listen to people. You remind them that they’re valuable and worthy of love and respect. How is that not important?” Simon is struck speechless, chest tight and breath caught. Then Benji claps him on the shoulder and hops off the desk. “Come on. Let’s go have lunch.”


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