Spotlight: Mica

The man could hold his own in a fight… but would he fight for Mica, and help bury her demons?
Title: Mica
Author: MariaLisa deMora
Series: Rebel Wayfarers MC, book 1
Genre: MC Romance
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When Mica Scott moved into a quiet Chicago suburb, she wasn’t ready for what she found. Her new neighbor is bossy, kinda scary, and defines hotness. Sure, he’s a hunky alpha male, the kind most women secretly long for, but the man oozes danger. And Mica isn’t most women. After a chance encounter brings a new man to her door, Mica struggles to find a path between what she wants, and what she needs.
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Raised in the south, MariaLisa learned about the magic of books at an early age. Every summer, with the help of a gracious librarian who did not believe in age-restricted stacks, she would spend hours in the local library, devouring books of every genre. Self-described as a book-a-holic, she says “I always loved to read, then I discovered writing, and I adored that, too. For reading … if nothing else is available, I’ve been known to read the back of the cereal box.” She still reads voraciously, and always has a few books going in paperback, hardback, or on devices.

Blog Tour: Taming A Jackaroo

Title: Taming a Jackaroo
Genre: Aussie Cowboy Romance
Release Date: June 10, 2017
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
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City girl and serial non-dater, Affrica Clarke travels to Boulia, Australia, to investigate the environmental impacts of the local mining company. Unless she proves herself and wins that promotion, she’ll lose so much more than a pay rise. Yet everything goes wrong the moment she lands in the outback. With no research equipment, only skimpy clothes packed by her best friend to help her score a date, and a tight deadline to submit her report, she’s screwed. So when a sexy cowboy offers to play chauffeur, she’s all over it. But she’s there to shut down the mining activities, not fawn over the guy who’s supporting them, no matter how sizzling the attraction between them.
Billionaire jackaroo, Sam Preston tempts fate as an adrenaline junkie, living each day as if it were his last. Angry and wounded, he’s in town to sell his cattle ranch to the local mining company and be done with his past—until he meets hapless city-chick Affrica, who has no clue about surviving in the desert. Sam doesn’t know how to stop being a daredevil even though Affrica reminds him of the happiness he once had.
Can Sam let go of the past before he loses the one person who’s finally breathed new life into him, or is it not possible to truly tame a jackaroo?

 

 

Affrica lounged on a wooden bench in the mechanic’s garage, fanning herself with the map and batting away flies. Sweat dripped at her nape, and each inhale of burning air stung her nostrils. Everything smelled stale.
Brian approached and handed her a can of fly repellent. “The buggers here have teeth.” He chuckled.
“Thanks.” After spraying herself, she reconsidered her decision to accept a ride in Sam’s car.
Yesterday, he’d turned her down when she’d pleaded to inspect the well on his property, and now he acted sheepishly, offering her a ride. Maybe she could use the situation in her favour? A grin spread her lips. Oh geez, I sound more like Meebe every day.
She shifted in her seat and her cheeks warmed. Maybe a little bit of humiliation wouldn’t kill her if it meant getting the promotion she needed so desperately.
Sam might be a hunk, but that didn’t make him safe. She remembered Trevor saying that Sam hadn’t been around for the past year. Where had he gone? What guy left his cattle station for such a long time? Probably more interested in spending his fortune than leaving it for his kids. The complete opposite of the kind of guy she imagined herself settling down with one day.
Fine dust particles outside the mechanic’s carport blew inside, whipping around her legs. Old oil containers, tires, a car seat, and half an engine littered the room. It resembled a typical garage, grease and thick layers of grime coating every object. She wouldn’t be surprised if the back of her white shorts turned black.
A faint clip-clop sounded in the distance, and she stared at the road where waves of heat distorted the houses. She imagined the simple lives of the residents of Boulia. Few people, and no traffic or pollution, if you excluded Brian’s garage. However, simplicity came at the cost of scorching heat, few job prospects, and no gourmet corner coffee shops. What she wouldn’t give for an iced caramel latte right now.
She checked her phone for the hundredth time. No message from the courier about her equipment.
Something snorted nearby and she jolted. At the garage opening stood a large chestnut horse. Sam sat atop the animal, and they were both backlit by the daylight. He dipped the front of his hat with his hand, wearing a confident grin. “At your service, miss.”

 

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Sidney Valentine is an Aussie girl who loves everything about traveling. She lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband and spends her time exploring the wild outdoors. But she always carries with her a writing pad in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. While she works in marketing during the day, she never stops writing her romance stories set in Australia as a way to rejuvenate from the bustle of the real world. She is often found at local coffee shops with her laptop, writing about people falling in love.

 

Chicken and Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

I love making pasta dishes in the summer because you don’t need to heat up a hot oven.  This is a quick recipe and you don’t need too many ingredients.  If you have a lot of tomatoes in your garden you can always make the sun dried tomatoes yourself and use them in this recipe.

CHICKEN AND SUN-DRIED TOMATO PASTA

Chicken (you can use rotisserie that you slice up with skin off, a box of ready-made cut chicken, 2 cooked boneless chicken breast.) (I usually use leftover chicken)

½ jar sun dried tomato that is packed in oil, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

½ teaspoon garlic powder

1 pint heavy whipping cream

16 oz.  pasta, cooked per directions

½ cup parmesan cheese

Dash of red pepper flakes

DIRECTIONS:

Cook pasta per directions.

While the pasta is cooking, in a large sauce pan combine whipping cream, sun dried tomatoes and garlic powder and chicken. Simmer the sauce, when warmed through add parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes. When noodles are done, drain and add them to the sauce. Mix to combine and serve.

New Release: Escape Clause

Title: Escape Clause
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 24, 2017
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
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Sometimes to escape a bad situation, you have to grit your teeth and bare your clause.
When competing hotel owners, the Carlyles, attempt a takeover of the former Brubaker hotel, now The Point Resort and also Kelsey Donigan’s second home, the front desk manager discovers long buried secrets between the two families. Better yet, she uncovers an escape clause that not only prevents a takeover, but may also overtake generations of animosity between the two families.
Kelsey finds an ally in the most unlikely of locals. Hotel heir Oliver Carlyle’s devotion and determination to honor his mother’s final wishes places him in direct opposition with his powerful family.
Can the star-crossed couple save the historic, beachfront hotel or will they lose each other in the process?

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Mary Billiter is a weekly newspaper columnist and fiction author. She also has novels published under the pen name, “Pumpkin Spice.”Mary resides in the Cowboy State with her unabashedly bald husband, her four amazing children, two fantastic step-kids, and their runaway dog. She does her best writing (in her head) on her daily runs in wild, romantic, beautiful Wyoming.

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Coca Cola Float

June 20th is National Ice Cream Soda day.  My favorite soda is Coca Cola so I decided to make a Coca Cola Float.  This recipe is so easy the kids will be glad to help.  Great to serve at Graduation Parties or summer holidays.  Enjoy!!!

Coca Cola Float

1 cup cola per float

2 scoops vanilla ice cream per float

optional: whipped cream for garnish

Directions:

Place ice cream in a drinking glass, slowly pour cola over ice cream

garnish with whipped cream.

Enjoy!!

Cover Reveal: Educate Him

Title: Educate Him

Author: Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

Genre: Contemporary Romance

BDSM Romance

Professor/Student Romance

Release Date: July 31, 2017

Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

Young, but no so innocence, may she can teach an old professor some new tricks.

Davis

I’ve always looked out for her, but she didn’t know it.

She came back into my life and made me want what I shouldn’t have.

Once she learns the truth, it will show her so much, but will she forgive me.

Julia

When everyone else in my life let me down, he made sense to me.

I returned with a plan in mind, but one night with him and plans changed.

The professor can teach me because I’m ready to learn.

Educate Him is an unconventional second chance romance with BDSM elements by Sydney Aaliyah Michelle. If you enjoy a sassy, confident young woman, a smooth talking sexy professor, and a connection that reminds you why you love romance, you’ll love Sydney Aaliyah Michelle’s latest stand-alone HEA romance.

Pick up Educate Him and learn about Davis and Julia’s scorching romance today!

Her first text message made me smile.

Her second made my dick hard, which made me feel like a dirty old man.

It wasn’t the message itself; it was the confidence she had to send it in the first place. The fiery personality at thirteen was cute and endearing. At nineteen, it was fucking sexy as hell.

Hold it together, Professor.

I thought about Julia over the years because the last time I saw her, it broke my fucking heart to pieces and pissed me off.

I felt guilty because I knew what a prick my best friend had been to his family. I saw it daily and never had the balls to call him on it. He led and I followed him into some seedy dark places. Places his family had no clue about, places that broke up my own marriage six years ago. I was betrayed in the worst way and had no desire to have a woman on my arm.

I required one in my bed on occasion.

But never a student.

Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader, tattoo lover, and movie fanatic who hails from Texas.

After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.

She identifies the sci-fi action flick “The Matrix” as the best representation of her life in the past. She is now blessed to be awake and doing what she loves.

She can recite the entire script from the 80’s teen comedy/drama “The Breakfast Club” and loves any and everything associated with the Avengers Movie, especially Tony Stark.

When it come to books, Sydney reads different genres, but some of her favorite writers are Stephen King, Alex J. Cavanaugh, J.A Huss, M. Never & Emily Bronte. Under the Dome, The Great Gatsby & Wuthering Heights are her favorite books.

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Smores Pops

I love having parties at my house for family and friends.  I always like to have theme food and desserts for the holidays.  With 4th of July right around the corner, I thought I would share this easy Smores Pop recipe.  The decorations can be switched to fit any holiday.  Enjoy!!

SMORES POPS 

You Need:

1 bag milk chocolate chips

1 tablespoon Crisco shortening

About 15 marshmallows

Sucker sticks, one per marshmallow

About 2 graham crackers, crushed

To Do:

Place graham crackers in a Ziploc bag, smash with a meat mallet or a fry pan, until you get the consistency you want for garnishing the marshmallow. Place crushed crackers on a plate set aside.

Prepare a foil lined cookie sheet for the pops.

Place milk chocolate chips and Crisco in a microwave safe bowl, I use a 2 cup glass measuring cup. Heat 30 seconds, stir, continue to heat 30 seconds at a time and stir until melted.

Place a marshmallow on sucker stick, dip in melted chocolate, now dip into graham cracker. Place on a foil lined pan.

Place finished pops in fridge for one hour to set.

Serve and enjoy!!!