IF I WERE YOU by Lisa Renee Jones Book Sale (for a limited time)

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If I were you by author Lisa Renee Jones is on Sale for a limited time.  I had the pleasure of reading this series and I loved it.  I was hooked on this book since the time I heard the author speak about why she decided to write it.  You can read that story on her blog.  If you are looking for romantic suspense this is the book for you.  Its on sale now, so get it while its hot and you won’t be disappointed.

The series is complete so if you do purchase this book and love it, you can read the entire series without the wait!!

Buy the book:

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Other buy links: http://lisareneejones.com/books/if-i-were-you/

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Valentine’s Day Cookies

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If your still looking for a treat for Valentine’s Day, these cookies take no time to whip up.  They are fun and easy to make and if you add them to a cute bag with some red ribbon you have an instant gift.  Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!!

MERINGUE COOKIES

Ingredients

2  egg whites

1/4  teaspoon cream of tartar

1/8   teaspoon salt

1/2  cup sugar

1/4  teaspoon vanilla extract

3 to 5 drops food color  (optional)

Sprinkles (optional)

(1/2 bag milk chocolate morsels, plus 1 tablespoon Crisco shortening, optional if you want to dip in chocolate)

 

DIRECTIONS

Heat oven to 200°F.

Grease 2 large cookie sheets with cooking spray. In small bowl, beat egg whites, cream of tartar and salt with electric mixer on medium speed until foamy. On high speed, add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until sugar is dissolved, meringue is glossy and very stiff peaks form. Beat in extract. Now add  color, if you want them a color other than white and beat to combine  until well blended and desired color.

Use disposable decorating bag or gallon-size food storage plastic bag with 1/2-inch hole cut in one bottom corner of bag (if desired, fit large star tip in decorating bag or in hole of plastic bag). Spoon meringue into bag; twist top of bag to seal. Squeeze bag to pipe a meringue heart onto cookie sheets. Sprinkle each with candy sprinkles

Bake on middle oven rack 2 hours. Immediately remove cookies from cookie sheets; place on wire racks. Cool completely, about 5 minutes.

If you choose to dip in chocolate, add the morsels and Crisco to a microwave safe bowl, microwave 30 seconds stir, repeat until chocolate is smooth do not overcook.  Now dip half the cookie in chocolate add sprinkles for a more festive look.

TIP- if you want to be sure sugar dissolved, turn mixer off take the mix and place it on your finger, with your thumb and pointer finger feel the mix, if it is grainy mix again until you feel it is smooth.

Enjoy!!

Cover Reveal: My Sweet Isabella by Mia Villano

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Title: My Sweet Isabella

Author: Mia Villano

Release Date: TBA

 

Blurb:

Life changes in a blink of an eye. One minute I was on top of the world. I was the French Ambassador, confident, and ready to marry the woman of my dreams. The next minute I was fighting for my life in a French hospital. I wasn’t supposed to live, but I did. I made it and came back stronger than ever. However, there was a price to pay for living. A price that nearly killed me again. In order to keep Isabella safe I had to let her go. In order to let her go I had to die inside. Without her my will to live was gone. I had to find the strength inside myself to rise above the pain and fight like hell for the one thing in life that made me whole. Could I do it? Would she come back to me? Did she still need me? Could we find the love again that held us both together? My Sweet Isabella is the final chapter in the Ambassador Trilogy.

Read the first two in the series for 99 cents!

The Ambassador and Me: An Unlikely Love Story

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Paris: The Ambassador and Me: Part Deux

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Grace Augustine’s Richard’s Relics + GIVEAWAY!!!

Richard’s Relics
Acorn Hills Book 5
By Grace Augustine

Grace is giving away one ebook from her backlist of the Acorn Hill Series to one lucky winner. Please use the RaffleCopter below to enter. 

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BLURB:

War and its remnants are cruel. Just ask Richard Dempsey, a Vietnam Vet. 

Richard served his turn in Vietnam, but came home a changed man. Plagued with nightmares of the past, Richard and his friends go on a life changing trip back to modern day Saigon. Their hope…to slay the dragons that stole so much of their lives. 
Each deals with his own demons. Each has life changing experiences. Each finds out the importance of friendship and family.


Buy Links:
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EXCERPT:

“Johnny! Goddamn it! Get down!” Richard yelled from his belly, the brush barely hiding him and the other four men on this clusterfuck of a mission. Just as the sound of gunfire erupted, Johnny hit the ground, not even a twitch from his body as bullets whizzed by like a thousand angry, deadly bees. 
Richard kept his stomach French-kissing the ground as he crawled over to the young man who was in his charge. Blood covered Johnny’s chest and head.
“Sonofabitch! Johnny, don’t you dare die on me! Do you hear me? Johnny!”
Richard sprang to a sitting position and looked at the clock. The red digital numbers 3:00 am stared angrily back at him.  

He ran a shaky hand through the small stubble of hair on his head. Like so many other mornings he woke up drenched in sweat from undying memories: memories of gunfire, yelling, children crying. Memories of clear unblinking eyes and permanent looks of fear frozen into faces as still as marble. The stench of death. Vietnam.

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Meet the Author: 

Grace AugustineInternationally known author, Grace Augustine, was born in Shelby, Montana and grew up in Cut Bank, Montana (dubbed as The Coldest Spot in the Nation). Her work career has taken her from title and abstracting to administrative assistant church work to co-owning a small town weekly newspaper to her current profession as a floral designer.

Grace thinks of herself as a “Jill” of most trades and is not afraid to learn new things. “If you can’t learn something new each day, there’s something wrong,” she says.

The ideas for her Acorn Hills series stem from her growing up years as well as the issues she has had to overcome along the way. “I’ve developed a new romance category…for the over 50 crowd…I’m calling it the salt and pepper genre. My books deal with real life issues, overcoming adversity, maintaining a positive outlook, and so much more. Just because we are 50 yrs old or older doesn’t mean that life stops. We all still want attention and affection and adventure! We want to experience all life has to offer. We use our age as wisdom to share with those around us. We are sexual,sensual, and sensible,” Grace explains. 

Augustine was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in July of 2003. Her thoughts on that “It may slow me down, but if I can at all do it, I will. Sitting and feeling sorry for yourself isn’t the answer…living your life with an open, joy-filled heart is.”


Grace’s Links:
WebsiteFacebook | Acorn Hills on Facebook | Twitter | Mailing List | Amazon Author Page 

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Acorn Hills Series:

Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4
Book 6

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Review: Strange Beginnings (The Killing Chronicles ) (Volume 1) by Candi Fox

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Title: Strange Beginnings (The Killing Chronicles ) (Volume 1)

Author: Candi Fox

Publication Date: March 18, 2015

ASIN: B00UXF5JG2

Genre: Supernatural, mystery

Source: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

BOOK DESCRIPTION, FROM AMAZON

Emmeline Blackwell’s life has been surrounded by death since she was a little girl. Now death, in the form of man, is stalking her. The man who tried to kill her once is still trying to take her life from her. Because of him she is always looking over her shoulder. She has been running from him for years, but must now take drastic measures to hide from the lunatic.
She moves across country to a smaller city to hide among the populace. Emma has to change everything, including her name, in order to hide her past from everyone.
Cord Masterson is the sheriff of Stillwater, OK who hides a deep secret of his own. Sparks fly the moment the two meet. But it appears that even sparks can’t keep her past at bay. When young women are found murdered in Stillwater, can Cord keep Emma safe from her past and still manage to be a part of her future?

MY THOUGHTS

Emma, the name she is know as now, has been running from death at a very young age.  She was finding it hard to do when ghosts of loved ones were near.  Emma was trying to get her life together as a young adult when she met Him.  The man she wish she never knew.  Even with her “abilities” Emma managed to end up with the wrong guy.

Emma ran from harms way only to find her past catching up with her.  But along the way she meets a few good men and hopes to change her luck with men.  That was until the shadow people showed up.

I really enjoyed the characters and the many secrets we find out about them.  I was really glad to see this was book one, because I did have some unanswered questions and I can’t wait to read more from this author.  The paranormal twists and turns are fun to read and I enjoyed the suspense in the book.  I would definitely recommend!

Chocolate Cherry Chip Cookie Recipe

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  If your looking for a snack for school or the family these cookies make a great treat or gift.

Chocolate Cherry Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/4 cups (2-1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 bag cherry chip morsels. (you can substitute for valentines day M&M’s)

Directions:

Heat oven to 350°F.

Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, set aside.

Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. Stir in chips. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 9 minutes. (Do not over bake) Cool slight, remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

Enjoy!!!