Blog Tour OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY


Our Love Is Here To Stay
By Madison Michael

Madison has some fabulous giveaways for this tour. Remember you may visit the other tour stops to increase your chances of winning. You may find those locations here

Romance and TimeTravel Prize Package #1: Includes  Books: Outlander, Time Traveler’s Wife and Beyond the Highland Mist and  DVDs: Somewhere in Time, The Lake House, the eBook Our Love Is Here To Stay.
Romance and TimeTravel Prize Package #2: One of the books above and 1 of the DVDs plus the eBook for Our Love Is Here To Stay.
Romance and TimeTravel Prize Package #3: One of the books above or one DVD plus the eBooks Our Love Is Here To Stay.


About the Book: 
Can Love Transcend Time?

Thirty-year old Matthew Herrington is weary of solo nights in strange cities. He is ready for a change. And that is exactly what he gets when he steps into Swing Night at The Green Mill and is instantly immersed in the sights and sounds of another era. Intrigued by the club’s authenticity, Matthew is enchanted when he meets Patty, a mixture of sexy and sweet who steals his heart.

Patty Dennison has never met a man like Matthew in all her twenty-one years. A sophisticated man, he stands out from the usual Swing Night crowd. He is self-assured, smart, charming, and handsome as hell, even if he is a lousy dancer. Once he takes her in his arms, Patty is more than willing to give him a few dance lessons along with her heart.

Repeated missed dates and unanswered phone calls strain the relationship and frustrate the pair. But unraveling their mystery exposes an impossible scenario, one that will torment their sanity and test their love.


How can they make their fairytale last? Can love transcend time?

Buy Links: 
Amazon | All other formats 

Excerpt: 

 A waitress came to take it off his hands. “Another?” she queried and he nodded agreement, placing a crumpled dollar on her tray. “Too much,” she told him shaking her head no. Matthew was surprised by her response but the tray was covered with loose change so he removed his bill and left the equivalent in quarters. Everything was so inexpensive but the server still needed to make a decent living.
She gave him a grateful smile and turned to move to her next customer, carefully balancing her tray above the heads of the young people around her. In the process, she nudged Matthew slightly causing him to lose his footing and fall gently against another body. Turning to apologize he found himself staring into the clearest, lightest blue eyes he had ever seen. He couldn’t look away.
“Sorry,” he mumbled when he finally regained his composure.
“That’s okay,” she replied with a quick, bright smile. She was lovely, in a wholesome girl next door way. She had her blond hair pulled into a ponytail that curled like a hair product ad, clear-skinned cheeks that were pink with warmth and perhaps exertion, and a curvy body displayed under a bright red sweater and a flared plaid skirt.
Matthew felt his mouth go dry and his palms get sweaty. She did something to him, this fresh faced woman that he found incredibly sexy. Her red lipstick was a slash of bright color mimicking the red of the sweater. Until this moment, bright red lipstick screamed “tough broad, stay away” to Matthew but on this girl it whispered “come hither.”
“Matthew,” he squeaked out, extending his hand to shake hers. Thinking twice about it, he retracted his arm, running his palm against his pants swiftly, and hopefully surreptitiously, before he extended his hand again.
“Patty,” she responded, placing her soft fingers in his large palm. She shook like a girl. After all the bone-breaking handshakes Matthew had endured across the globe, this limp, fingers-only shake surprised him. She looked athletic, not tough but toned, and not sickly pale like most Chicagoans in winter. The handshake didn’t match the image and normally would have bothered him. Nothing about Patty bothered him. Everything about her bothered him.


Author Bio and links:

Madison Michael traded 28 years in Fortune 500 tech and management positions for a chance to spend her days with sassy heroines, sexy, rich heroes and nothing but happy endings. Growing up the daughter of a librarian, she learned to love books, especially classics and romances, and spent winters cuddled under blankets losing herself in books.
Madison is the author of three novels in the Beguiling Bachelor series, as well as several short stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.
After living in the northeast, southeast and the west, Maddy returned to her Midwest roots. She lives in Evanston, IL with two feline editorial assistants and great views of Chicago’s famous skyline.

Contact her at:
Website | Madison’s Blog | Maddy’s Romance Madness | Facebook | Twitter


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Chipotle Chicken & Rice Casserole

Looking for a spicy recipe, Chipotle Chicken & Rice Casserole, is a great combo of spice, cheese & yummy flavors.  The amount of chipotle peppers can make this dish mild or hot.  If your not into spicy, I would recommend only one pepper.  Like spice, then add 2 chipotle peppers & a bit of the adobo sauce.  Do you have a favorite casserole dish

Chipotle Chicken & Rice Casserole

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups lite sour cream, I use light full fat is fine
  • One 10 3/4-ounce can condensed cream of chicken soup, I use the light version of this
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 2 shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese, seperated

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Spray a 13×9 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

In large bowl, stir together the sour cream, cream of chicken soup, chopped chipotles, salt and pepper mix well.

Add rice, chicken and a little more than half the cheddar cheese.

Place the mix in a baking dish, add remaining cheese to top.

Bake uncovered 20-25 minutes or until cheese is bubbling.

Review: Tell It Like It Is (The Northstar Security Series Book 5)

Title: Tell It Like It Is (The Northstar Security Series Book 5)

Author: Stanalei Fletcher

Print Length: 298 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1509217932
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (December 6, 2017)
Publication Date: December 6, 2017
ASIN: B076GRHP3R

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

BOOK DESCRIPTION, FROM AMAZON

When Northstar Security agent Justine Shelby is assigned to protect world-famous author Rosalee Kane, the last thing she wants is help from the author’s nephew, prickly but attractive FBI Special Agent Nelson Kane. Shelby is used to depending on herself and is content to work alone, but Rosalee and Kane make Shelby wish for something more. Of course, he may never forgive her if the assignment isn’t successful, and the threats are escalating.

Kane doesn’t trust Northstar Security, blaming them for his close brush with death. His first encounter with the deceptively innocuous agent doesn’t improve his attitude, but circumstances compel them to join forces. As things turn deadly and their every move is countered, Kane comes to depend on Shelby in a race against the clock to keep Rosalee alive. Shelby and Kane must uncover the deadly betrayal without dying first.

MY THOUGHTS

Shelby, a Northstar Security Agent, was preparing to spend her Christmas vacation at the orphanage with the kids when she received the working orders to travel with an author that was receiving threats.  Shelby was looking forward to seeing the kids, but when work makes a call you answer.  The job was Protecting author  Rosalee, the aunt of FBI Agent Nelson Kane.  The job was not going to be easy with death threats to the author and a hot FBI agent getting too close for comfort.

This book had me on the edge of my seat.  I loved the relationships of the characters.  The relationships between Shelby and Roselee and Shelby and Kane are developed at a realistic pace.  The details that the author gives makes the story jump out of the pages and into the readers imagination.  I enjoyed these characters and hope to see them in another book.  The romance and mystery are great for either fans of both genres.  A highly recommended read.

 

 

 

 

Stanalei Fletcher’s January Blowout Sale Blog Tour


Stanalei Fletcher’s January Blowout Sale Blog Tour
All 5 Northstar Security Series books are on sale for only 
$.99 during the tour only!

GiveAway: Stanalei is offering some fabulous prizes during this tour. One Lucky winner will have the chance to choose an ebook from her backlist, another lucky winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate, and one lucky winner will have the chance to choose a print book from Stanalei’s backlist. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Remember to follow along with the tour to increase your chances of winning. You may find the other tour locations here

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Series Blurb: 

Northstar Security Firm is an elite private security agency whose mission statement: GUIDED BY THE TRUTH, is the guiding principle to provide justice for those who have been wronged. Founded by former CIA agents Byron O’Neal, Katherine O’Neal, and Sean Malone, Northstar Security has a ninety-nine percent success rate. That one percent is a still open case involving Katherine’s murder and Sean Malone’s career-ending gunshot wound. Nothing is a hundred percent guaranteed, and angst over one unsolved case doesn’t stop good men and women from fulfilling their duty.

Proving Ground

Northstar Security Series Book #1

About the Book: 

A screw-up, a wild fire, and a bio-terrorist. What could go wrong?
Proving Ground introduces the high stakes world of The Northstar Security Firm. Caitlin Malone’s only hope of saving her town, maybe even the entire country, is pinned on the one man who broke her heart.

Screw-ups don’t get second chances. That’s what Caitlin Malone believes when she returns to Oregon after failing her first Northstar Security assignment. When she inadvertently stumbles across a plot to steal deadly pathogens from the bio-lab near her hometown, she sees a chance at redemption.

USDA Forest Ranger, John ‘Mac’ MacAlistair, doesn’t want to babysit the motorcycle club holding their annual rally in his national forest. To make matters worse, Caitlin is attending the rally with Mac’s estranged uncle. Having her home again brings up feelings that are better left buried.

It’s early September. Any spark will send the dry timber into a raging fire. The terrorists are counting on that distraction to work in their favor. When Caitlin is trapped by the wildfire, her only hope of rescue is pinned on Mac, the man she’s tried two years to forget. Before they can share their feelings, Mac and Caitlin must first escape the burning forest and stop the terrorists from releasing the deadly pathogens.

Buy Links:
Amazon | The Wild Rose Press

Excerpt:
…he couldn’t reach the knife. Although handy in most situations, it would be useless against a gun. His only chance of coming out unscathed in this encounter would be quick reflexes and luck. Mostly luck.
Breathing slowly, he cleared his mind, took a cautious step forward—and froze when he heard the click of the gun’s safety release.
The time it took to consider alternatives should’ve been spent backing out the door. However, in his nearly thirty years, he’d only run away from one situation, which, although dangerous to his emotional well-being, hadn’t been life threatening. He wasn’t backing down now.
The gun didn’t waver. The person behind it remained shadowed, but steady hands indicated someone other than a fly-by-night burglar. Had one of Sean’s old nemeses come after him for some long overdue retribution?
“I don’t know who you are.” Mac kept his voice calm, soothing. “But I’m pretty sure I’m not the person you want to shoot.”
The snick of a switch and a blaze of overhead light prevented more talk. Blinded by the sudden brightness, Mac stood rooted to the floor, hands in the air, not daring to make any sudden moves.
“Damn it, Mac, I could’ve killed you!”
Caitlin Malone.
Mac’s heart stirred to life. Blood surged through his veins as his breath released on a whoosh. He lowered his hands, but his body refused to budge. His reaction had nothing to do with the fact Caitlin had greeted him with a shotgun, and everything to do with the woman herself.

 

Dead Reckoning
Northstar Security Series Book #2
About the Book: 

Byron O’Neal, Northstar Security Firm’s director didn’t always run an elite private investigation firm. His early CIA years were spent chasing Soviet spies. Now his past is catching up, and Kellee, Bryon’s daughter is caught in the middle of a game of Russian Roulette. Northstar agent and former Navy SEAL, Egan Maddox, is tasked to save Kellee from the Russian mafia before it’s too late, a task that puts not only his life, but his heart on the line.

Buy Links:
Amazon | The Wild Rose Press 

Beyond Duty
Northstar Security Series Book #3

About the Book: 
When Northstar Security Firm investigates the blackmail of a U.S. Senator, agents Riley O’Neal and Mary “Chip” Anderson don the unwelcome cover of newlyweds to find two kidnapped women and stop the blackmail – and posing as newlyweds to avert a national security crisis is a lot harder than it seems.

Buy Links: 
Amazon | The Wild Rose Press

Breaking the Honor Code
Northstar Security Series Book #4

About the Book: 

Cyber-terrorism brings even the most powerful companies to their knees. When Northstar Security Firm discovers a breach inside their computer firewall, agent Sloan Cartland will do anything to help the firm’s brilliant computer tech, Allison Richards, find the culprit—even after he learns that all evidence of the hack points back to Allison.


Buy Links: 

Amazon | The Wild Rose Press

Tell It Like It Is
Northstar Security Series Book #5

About the Book: 

 

FBI agent, Nelson Kane’s Aunt Rosalee has a story to tell. Someone wants her stopped. When Northstar Security’s unconventional bodyguard, Justine Shelby, is assigned as Aunt Rosalee’s protection, Shelby learns she’s as welcome as a wiretap at the annual J. Edgar Hoover Christmas party. Ornaments start to fly when Shelby informs by-the-book, Agent Kane to stay out of the way while she helps his aunt complete her tell-all memoirs.

Buy Links:
Amazon | The Wild Rose Press

About the Author:

Stanalei’s love of writing romance stems from reading favorites such as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Barbara Cartland, and Alistair MacLean. She has over twenty years of training in the martial arts and holds the rank of Sandan, a third-degree black belt, in Aikido.

After a taste of life on both U.S. coasts, she now resides near the beautiful Wasatch Mountain Range with her hero, who just happens to be her best friend and husband. Together they enjoy backcountry dirt trails on a RZR, visiting our National Parks, or exploring museums and ghost towns. You may visit Stanalei at: 

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Salsa

This easy salsa recipe has been passed down for generations.  It quick easy and goes great with chips, tamales, chicken and the list goes on.

Salsa 

Ingredients:

½ diced onion

14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, (do not drain you need the juice too)

¼ teaspoon salt

1/8  teaspoon black pepper

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

 

Directions:

Open can of tomatoes and add the whole can juice and all to a large bowl

Add diced onion and all seasonings

Mix to combine.

You can leave it as is if you like it chunky, but at this point I use a hand held stick/immersion blender to blend and make the tomatoes smaller.

Tips: serve with nacho chips, tamales, eggs, chicken patties, or anything else you can think of. If you need to save it for a 2nd or 3rd day when in fridge cover well or the whole fridge will smell like onions.

 

Schitt’ s Creek Season 4 Premiere + Nanaimo Recipe

Birds Custard Powder

I was watching a show on the POP television network when a commercial for season one of Schitt’s Creek came on.  I remember looking at my family saying we need to watch this.  The show looks hilarious.  After watching one show I was hooked.  While I was watching the shows live on TV, I was glad to hear that I could binge watch on Netflix.  I like that option because the shows are only 1/2 hour on TV and I wanted more.  If your new to the show its a program about the Rose family that is rich and loses it all except for a town they bought as a joke, Schitt’s Creek.  The fun starts when they are forced to live there and befriend the locals.  Each character brings their own flair to the show.  I love the fact that Eugene Levy and his son are in the show.  The apple didn’t fall far from the tree in this family, they are equally funny.  Not to mention the funny one liners we hear from Eugene’s real life daughter who plays the quirky waitress.  This show is a must see.

One of the characters in the show, the mayor’s wife, shows up at the Rose’s home with a Canadian favorite Nanaimo Bars.  The key to this rich treat is Birds custard.  Since I’m South of our Canadian friends I decided to get mine delivered from Amazon.  Just a tip, it was not prime and took two weeks to get here, but its worth the wait.  So, For todays recipe I have the bar recipe & a Netflix suggestion, Watch Schitt’s Creek, I think you’ll love it.

Nanaimo Bars

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds

 

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons Birds Custard Powder
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

 

  • 4 ounces milk chocolate morsels
  • 2 teaspoons butter

 

In the top of a double boiler, combine 1/2 cup butter, white sugar and cocoa powder. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth. Beat in the egg, stirring until thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in the graham cracker crumbs, coconut and almonds. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 8×8 inch pan.

For the middle layer, cream together 1/2 cup butter, heavy cream and custard powder until light and fluffy. Mix in the confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Spread over the bottom layer in the pan. Chill to set.

While the second layer is chilling, melt the chocolate and 2 teaspoons butter together in the microwave or over low heat. Spread over the chilled bars. Let the chocolate set before cutting into squares.

 

 

 

Canada! Schitt’s Creek Season 4 premieres January 9th at 9/9:30NT on CBC.

US! Schitt’s Creek will premiere January 24, 2018 on the POP network.