Monday, October 31, 2011

November Recipe of the Month - Paula Deens and Sons Lasagna

Servings: 8-10 servings

Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 2 hours 20 min
Difficulty: Easy

1 cup Gruyere cheese, grated

12 ounces cottage cheese, mixed with 1 beaten egg and 1/2 cup Parmesan

6 to 9 Long strips lasagna noodles

1 1/2 lbs ground beef

2 bay leaves

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon Paula Deen’s Seasoned Salt

1 1/2 teaspoons Paula Deen’s House Seasoning

1 1/2 teaspoons Paula Deen’s Sweet Italian Herb Blend

1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped

1/2 cup green bell peppers, diced

2 cloves garlic, diced

1/2 cup onions, diced

1 cup water

2 cups tomato sauce

2 cups canned, diced tomatoes

1 cup Swiss cheese, grated

2 cups cheddar, grated

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese

1 cup mozzarella, grated


To make the sauce, combine the tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, onions, peppers, garlic, parsley, seasoning mixtures, sugar and bay leaves in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour. Crumble the ground beef in a saucepan. Cook until no pink remains, then drain off the fat. Add the ground beef to the stockpot. Simmer for another 20 minutes. While the sauce simmers, cook the pasta according to the package directions. (If sauce is too thin, for your taste, you can thicken it up at this time by mixing 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and a 1/4 of a cup of cold water. Bring sauce back to a boil. Stir in cornstarch mixture, stirring constantly.) Remove bay leaves.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

To assemble lasagna, place a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of a 9 by 13 by 2-inch pan. Layer 1/3 of each, noodles, cottage cheese mixture, Gruyere, Swiss and cheddar cheeses. Pinch off small pieces of cream cheese and dot over other cheeses. Add another layer of sauce. Repeat layering 2 to 3 times, ending with sauce. This may be covered and refrigerated. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and top with mozzarella and continue to bake for another 10 to 15 minutes. Note: If lasagna has been refrigerated, bake for 40 minutes total.

At the moment, I'm reading Robbie Grady's, Millionaire Playboy, Maverick Heiress part of the Texas Cattleman's Club:  The Showdown series.  The hero, Daniel Warren has come to Royal to redesign exclusive men's club.  He loves Elizabeth Milton's housekeeper's cooking.  I can just imagine her making this for Daniel.

Again, Robbie has done it again!  This romance is one hot book.  However, so is the entire series.

Book Blurb:

For successful New York architect Daniel Warren, designing the new Texas Cattleman's Club is an exciting challenge. And so is getting to know the delicious Elizabeth Milton. The fiery Texas heiress combines cosmopolitan chic with down-home sass—a mix impossible for a city slicker to resist.

But a carefree affair is all they can have. A stipulation in her family's will keeps Elizabeth honor-bound to stay in Royal. And this millionaire's business will soon force him to move on. Unless either dares to make the ultimate sacrifice and put love first.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Monarch of the Sands - Sharon Kendrick

Monarch of the Sands literally took my breath away.  It was such a fantastic and romantic love story by the fabulous Sharon Kendrick.

 Zahid Al Hakam was now sheikh of his country due to the death of his uncle and cousin.  He was in England for a series of meetings.  So he stopped by to see his childhood friend Frankie O'Hara.  His father and Frankie's father had not only been close friends, her father discovered oil in his country and you can well imagine how that improved their economy.  Frankie's father was considered a hero.  However, it had been years since Zahid had seen her and when her father had died he couldn't attend the funeral, so he sent his brother.  But now the young woman standing before him was someone he didn't know, she was lovely, no, she was beautiful and she was engaged to be married.

After questioning her, he found out that her fiance, Simon had come to her home when her father had passed.  A home sat on a lot of acreage, worth a fortune.  He had even gone so far as to offer her a job.  He also found out that her fiance, Simon had told her she was drab and so Frankie had a make-over.  New clothes, hair, make-up and contacts.  The red flags went up when he was told they were selling her family home.  To learn more, Zahid insisted on taking them both to dinner.  It was a disaster, and in the end Zahid "called" Simon out, she broke off the engagement and was so emotional because now she didn't have a job.  On top of everything, Zahid didn't know how to respond to this new Frankie who had grown into a very beautiful and desirable woman because she definitely appealed to him physically.  Resisting her was going to be hard.

Frankie had loved and adored Zahid from the time she was a child.  As a teenager, she not only loved him she fantasized about him.  He affected her in ways her own fiance didn't,  It troubled her because she was so in-experienced.  Shee was also furious with Zahid because he had Simon investigated and  found out he had another woman.  She was embarrassed, no job and wanted to leave her home.  So what did Zahid do........he created a job for her and took her home to Khayarzah.  Sounded a little fishy to me, because deep down I just knew he wanted her for himself.  He had ended his affair with a Russian model so he had no one in his life at the moment......dangerous!

When they arrived in his country, all sorts of things changed.  Frankie worked on his father's diary.  Zadiq was challenged to keep his distance and she couldn't believe how archaic their customs were.   Resisting Frankie or Francesca as Zahid called her, was torture. Of course, in the end with all of the sexual tension arching between them, they entered into a very secret affair.  And then when he realized it couldn't continue and he would have to choose a proper wife and/or wives, it ended brutally.

The ending chapters were hard to read and that's because author Sharon Kendrick always builds up the emotion, in such a powerful way and then it comes crashing down.  Adding to this particular romance, due to his country and the people, they would never accept a western woman as their queen, even though her father had been their hero.  Heart broken, Frankie returned home and Zahid was miserable and in bad temper.

Monarch of the Sands was such an interesting and spectacular love story.  I couldn't see how they would get their happy ending.  So how would Sharon Kendrick tie this all up?  I'm definitely not telling, you'll just have to trust me with patience and their love, they would both make their relationship work.

Back Blurb:

An impossible love affair – with a sheikh!

Francesca is shocked when family friend Zahid Al Hakam turns up on her doorstep. After all, he’s now the Sheikh of Khayarzah – England’s surburbia is hardly his regular stomping ground! But he is as achingly gorgeous as ever…and she’s certainly tempted by his invitation to come to the desert and work for him.

Zahid finds the geeky, gauche teenager he once knew is now an understated beauty. Embarking on a secret affair is bittersweet – but, however all-consuming their passion, Zahid’s duty to his kingdom must surely come first?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fearless Maverick - Robyn Grady

I'm so loving the Mills and Boon's Bad Blood series and in North America it's The Wolfe's.  Robyn Grady again entertained me with her Fearless Maverick.  Honestly, this author never disappoints and this incredible book was no exception.

It featured two world champions......Alex Wolfe, a man at the top of his game as a race car driver.  Or should I say an injured race car driver who needed to be physically able to participate in the next world class race.  And Libby Henderson who also achieved world class status as a top surfer, only to loose a leg in a surfing accident.  However, that didn't stop Libby, with the encouragement of family and friends, she was now a top physio therapist and was going to be working with Alex.

After meeting Alex she realized two things and the most important was she wouldn't compromise her principals to release Alex before he was ready to return to the racing circuit.  She also immediately realized he was charming, dangerous and tempting; something she couldn't afford.  When she had needed her fiance, he had bailed, so she definitely had trust issues, especially when it came to her leg.  After weeks of being with him there was a definite sexual attraction between them and being the sexy man he was, he wanted to take it all to the next level with Libby.  Then the bomb was dropped by his assistant, and he found out about her prosthesis.

The Wolfe's what can one say about them as a family?  They had all gone their separate ways and only recently some of them had reunited but not Alex.  Their father was a horrible man, a drunk, abusive and he left behind so many scars on his children.  Especially Alex's twin Annabelle and his older brother Jacob, who recently returned home to England after many years of disappearing from his siblings.  So much tragedy.

All I can say is Alex had to came to some decisions and some of them hurt Libby.  However, when he found out about her accident he was so loving and kind and their relationship took my breath away.  Due to selfishness, he pushed her away.  However, being the strong and determined woman she was, even though she hurt inside, she continued on and I admired her strength.  As for Alex, he had to come to some realizations and try to make things right with Libby.

Could he make it up to Libby?  After taking  baby steps and making amends with those who had helped him along the way, his sister, brother Jacob, and his mentor he was able to also realize he had hurt and used Libby.  However, more than anything like his older brother's, Alex realized what Libby meant to him and how much she enriched his life.  This review hasn't shown the depth of this book nor the family secrets.  Therefore, I encourage you to purchase it because you definitely won't be sorry.

Fearless Maverick was a beautifully written love story with a ton of lessons to be learned.  For me, it was Libby's strength.  When I actually read about her accident, how she forged on to make a career for herself, how she didn't feel sorry for herself and how she loved her "cocky" race car driver, that made Fearless Maverick very special for me.

Robbie talks about The Wolfe's and Fearless Mavrick at I(Heart)Presents.

Book Description:

Driven to succeed, Alex's only desire is to win, win, win—at all costs! A champion race-car driver, he lives like he drives—fast, reckless and always number one. But after a huge crash, with his racing career facing ruin, Alex must confront his biggest fear: failure.

Physio Libby Henderson is there to help him get back to fitness, and all Alex wants to do is get physical! Libby's dealt with more challenging things in life, but it's taking all of her professionalism to keep this stubborn playboy at bay!

A Moment on the Lips - Kate Hardy

Dante Romano wanted to buy her grandfather's business and socialite Carenza Tonielli wasn't having any of it!  He believed her to be a spoilt granddaughter of a man who years ago helped him but in the end, he felt he owned Gino.  Dante knew Carenza'a history; she had partied and shopped all over Europe and now she was running a company that went back five generations and he wanted to buy it.
Carenza realized the family business was in trouble and she definitely knew Dante was the man to help her.  So on " bended knee" she went to him and asked him to mentor her.  He set up a schedule, gave her instructions of things she needed to accomplish and review in the company and set up a game plan.  Let's just say they were both distracted by each other, the chemistry was definitely there and sparks flew but they were both determined not to act on the mutual physical attraction for each other.  I'm laughing because Dante couldn't keep his hands off of her.

Carenza was adorable, spunky,  wore spiked high heels and was sexy beyond belief.  She also drove Dante crazy.  He didn't want a relationship but in the end, actually looked forward to their mentor meetings and she did as well.  The more time he spent with her, the more he enjoyed and it was mutual.  He was getting ready to take his restaurants into a franchise and he didn't have time for a relationship but instead of pushing her away, he couldn't help himself and neither could she.  They both loved the sparring that always happened when they got together.

Carenza couldn't put her finger on it but she didn't trust her grandfather's "right hand man".  She couldn't go to her grandparents because her grandfather had suffered some "heart spells" and of course, she wanted to prove herself and take the business from it's downhill slide and make it successful.  Dante actually wanted to help her but told her she needed to audit everything in order to get a handle on why it was failing.  All she wanted was for people to take her seriously and respect her and make her family business a success.  Plus the fact that it didn't help that she and Dante had become involved.

In the end, Carenza got to the bottom of who was stealing from her grandparents, all on her own.  Was there hope for Dante and Carenza?  There was certainly the chemistry and passion and add into their romance   Plus the fact that Carenza took Dante to Paris for his birthday, such a romantic interlude. She was getting to close for comfort and he knew he needed to distance himself.  At that point I knew Carenza would get hurt, that was the story of her life.  Loosing her parents, the things people assumed about her, including Dante.  I held  my breath because I didn't want to see things end badly for either of them.

Kate Hardy has written such a rich and romantic category romance,  Italy, Paris, a sexy Italian with a tempting heroine.  The ending had me sitting on the edge of my seat because what Carenza discovered about the family business and who was responsible for the skimming.  Also would they get a chance at love because Dante had issues due to his childhood and could he get past it?

What a spectacular romance Moment on the Lips was thanks to the creative and accomplished author, Kate Hardy.

Back Blurb:

Dante Romano may be dark and delectable, but Carenza Tonielli will never sell him her family's ice cream empire. Only she needs him—to help her learn how to run it! And when Dante looks at her as if she's the next decadent sundae on the menu, even wary Carenza just can't resist mixing business with a bowlful of pleasure.…

Cue one red-hot fling that's blowing her mind! But, unlike Carenza, her ice-cool Italian is adept at keeping his emotions well under wraps, so she decides to turn the tables on Dante and prove that sometimes living in the moment is sinfully good for you!

Behind the Book:

Recently, Kate posted her inspiration over at I(Heart)Presents.  Here's her post.

From Kate's Blog:

Carenza's Strawberry Ice Cream

•400g strawberries (about 14 oz US)
•400g fat free Greek yogurt (same as above)
•2 tbs double cream (whipping cream)
•50g caster (fine) sugar
•1 tbs lemon juice

Put the strawberries, caster sugar and lemon juice into a blender and puree until smooth.
Add yogurt and double cream, and pulse until blended.
Pour into an ice cream maker and let the machine work for about 30 minutes.
Spoon into lidded containers and store in the freezer

Return of The Secret Heir, Rachel Bailey (The Bramson Brother's)

Pia Baxter had a lot riding on Warner Bramson's estate.  JT Hartley believed he was one of Warner's three son's.  His mother had once worked for Bramson.  He had come up the hard way and was now challenging his two brother's for the estate as he believed his mother was entitled to some sort of settlement for the way Warner had treated her.  Pia had a lot riding as well, since she had personally brought the case to her firm.  If she carried it off, she would make partner.  For JT it would bring satisfaction if he won because that would mean his mother would be cared for for all she had suffered at the hands of that man.  Plus for all she had sacrificed for her son.

All I could think of was how would Pia and JT  be able to forget how much they had once loved each other and how much they had lost fourteen years ago.  The pain must have been unbearable for both of them, loosing each other the way they did plus loosing their baby, Brianna.  Could there be a chance they could rekindle that romance, forgive each other and get a fresh start?  After their loss, Pia had done what her parents had wanted, she had become an attorney. giving up her dreams.  Now, if her boss found out she had a past with JT  would she would loose her partnership and possibly her job?  His other two brother's trusted her and JT had asked her not to bias them in any way.  She agreed because that was the sort of woman she was, she had integrity.

Add to the mix, that while comforting Pia, JT and Pia rekindled their passion, the ending result; she was again pregnant with his child.  Talk about a mess and how would they deal with it?  What would her boss say and how would his brother's feel about their involvement?  I couldn't imagine how she would be able to keep her job and what about her family when they found out?  Because all of those years ago, her parents had believed him to be a loser.  Now he was worth millions.  He had worked hard to get where he was today whereas Pia had given up her dreams to be a fashion designer and had become z lawyer like the rest of her family.  All of the memories came flooding back for both of them.  Both the good and the painful.  I wondered how they would survive this mess and could they forge a new relationship based on their remembered love of the past?

Stunning is the only way I could describe the sensual journey in Return of the Secret Heir. There were so many twists and turns to this romance.  In addition, a shocking and surprising ending for the Bramson men and JT.  This romance was brilliant thanks to the extremely talented Rachel Bailey and like the author, I'm sad this is the last book in the series.

The hero in Return of the Secret Heir, JT Hartley, is the half-brother of Ryder Bramson (At the Billionaire's Beck & Call) and Seth Kentrell (Million-Dollar Amnesia Scandal).

However, although this book is linked to At The Billionaire's Beck & Call and Million-Dollar Amnesia Scandal, it stands alone - you don't need to have read the other books to be able to read this one.  

The Sultan's Choice - Abby Green

The Sultan's Choice by the fabulous Abby Green was a charming and sultry romance.

The Sultan of Al-Omar had only one reason he wanted to marry Princess Samia Binte Rashad al Abbas and that was for the stability and reputation of his country.  That came first for him and he wanted a wife to enhance that.  Samia also brought respect and no scandal as she was a respected archivist from London's National Library.  Unlike his parents marriage, he wanted a wife that was stable, who would compliment him and give him heirs.

Poor darling Samia overheard a conversation with the man she was soon to be asked to marry.  A man she had met years before when she had been embarrassed at a party she attended with her brother.  Now she overheard a conversation between Sadiq and his secretary about why he wanted to marry her and it was hurtful.  However, in the end she knew she would have to go through with it because as Sadiq pointed out it would benefit both of their countries.  Plus it would also bring peace to both countries.  On top of that, she was next in line for the throne of her country Burquat should something happen to her brother, the ruler.  As the Sultan pointed out, if she married him, he would assist her in ruling.  Personally, I thought it was a lot of pressure for this princess.

His future queen charmed him and his body responded in ways he didn't understand.  Five days later while at an exclusive department store in London he realized Samia actually had a body, built for sin and secretly I thought "let the games begin" because I would tell this playboy sheikh was going to meet his match both in and out of the bedroom.  Let's just say he was also in for a surprise because he thought as a 25 year old woman she couldn't possibly be a virgin.   There were definitely sparks between this couple and I just knew in the end, Samia would make Sadiq a marvelous queen.  However while in London they embarked on different discussions concerning his past romantic liaisons and what if she couldn't give him heirs, he told her he would divorce her and remarry.

Sadiq was absolutely sure Samia would make a great queen and so did his mother.  When they were both presented at the palace, even those attending admired Samia.  It was only her who felt unsure of herself, especially  now that she had a new wardrobe and was not wearing her former "boxy" clothes.  There was also the fact that she was afraid she would please her husband.  There was also the fact that Sadiq didn't believe in love because he had seen how it had destroyed his parents.

Their first time together was the night before their wedding and she gave herself completely to this sheikh.  She was so responsive, like no other woman he had ever been with and she held nothing back.  Oh, oh, I thought would this turn out hurtful for this future queen?   Her honeymoon was like a dream and they couldn't get enough of each other.  Sadiq even went so far as to take her to a tent and an oasis in the desert.  He had never experienced anything like this with a woman.  I could see neither of them had expected this from their marriage.  So who would get hurt, I thought probably both of them.  Because Samia made Sadiq feel things he had never felt before.  As for Samia when they returned back to the palace, the honeymoon was definitely over because she started making demands to her King.  She definitely wasn't going to be a figure head Queen, she wanted to make a difference in her new country!

Weeks later, her husband met her project demands but for her she was hurting.  She realized she loved her husband and really wanted her marriage to work, she wanted to get to know him, be with him both in and out of the bedroom.   She wanted it all!  And then in a jealous rage, Sadiq said things he didn't mean and there was a huge crevice thrown up between them.

A hot romance set in the desert, with all sorts of road blocks for each of them to knock down.  An amazing Sultan and Queen with so many lessons for each of them to learn, especially about each other.  It was shear madness until his very own mother made him see the light.  In the end, this fierce Sultan came to his senses and finally realized his connection and love for his wife!  Samia's and Sadiq's love story was fascinating and  definitely extraordinary to read.

 Back Blurb:

Chosen as the Sultan's bride, Samia has no option but to go ahead with the marriage. And, as her new husband slowly peels away her bejewelled wedding finery, despite her best intentions she finds her inhibitions swept away.

Sadiq is surprised by his new bride's passionate nature! He chose her as a shy, biddable wife who will not make any demands on his time. Now he finds Samia to be anything but...Instead she's determined, demanding - and defiant!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The S Before Ex - Mira Lyn Kelly

She hadn't seen her husband in years and now here Ryan was in Italy to bring his wife, Claire home because she had served him divorce papers.  Their initial meeting was tense and the sensual tension and memories very apparent.  The S Before Ex by the talented Mira Lyn Kelly was such a sweet and romantic read.  However, there was also emotion and pain, especially remembering their shared past and marriage.

I immediately fell in love with Ryan Brady.  What man would travel the world to bring his estranged wife home in order to make sure she received an equal part of his estate, I ask you?  All because she wanted a divorce.  On top of that he was smart, sexy, handsome and very, very rich.  Did he have an agenda?  In a way I think he did especially after he secretly watched his wife and found her so happy talking with friends, so animated and secure in the person she had become..  He knew she ran a successful gallery in New York.  After they lost their son, she went back to school and then told Ryan she was not coming back.  He had let her go, because he didn't know how to help her out of the dark place she was in and in the end, it was the easy way out for him as well.  So many things had changed for both of them since their separation.

What can I say about Claire Brady?  She was beautiful inside and out, smart, a successful business woman in her own right,  and she had held secrets and thoughts about her past and her marriage to Ryan Brady.  Plus the fact that seeing him in the tabloids since she had left him hurt.  For Claire, seeing a particular actress on his arm thorough out recent years.  Now she was face to face with him, she was still attracted to him and he wanted her to come to his home in California to sort out the divorce settlement as he wanted her to be secure for the rest of her life, after they divorced.

Sparks arched between them, so much so that in the end they ended up making love.  Could they do this without getting hurt?  I couldn't imagine it, but they did and agreed that after the settlement was sorted, they would both walk away.  It was sweet and just plain lovely to read.  However, in the end I just knew they would both be hurting.  They talked about how they met, how they married, how her parents disowned her, the miscarriage of their son Andrew with honestly and integrity and at times, it was painful to read.  However, Claire was more than honest and I wondered how she ever had the courage and strength to leave her husband?  As for Ryan, it was obvious he was an honorable man, a man who adored Claire.

Did they both have secrets?  Of course they did and when their secrets were revealed, one learned to understand both their motives, especially Claire's. "You'll see for yourself all the ways in which these reunited lovers had grown and changed in the years they’ve been apart, and what those changes meant for them going forward."  When Ryan realized when she left, he had made excuses because it was easier for him and for him to walk away.  However, after being reunited and spending weeks together, seeing Claire as a strong woman now and her honestly with him, this man, this very sexy Ryan Brady in the end, realized he wanted to fight for her.  He still loved her and it was the same for Claire.  Thanks to Mira Lyn for writing  such a charming sweet and sexy category romance!

Back of the Book:

There’s one thing even the tabloid hounds haven’t managed to dig up about celebrity Ryan Brady: he is married! He may be one of America’s most desirable men, but his secret wife has just filed for divorce.

Since their separation six years ago, Claire has turned her life upside down: new business, new friends, new life. But when she sees Ryan to hash out a settlement, her body tells her one thing hasn’t changed—he’s still the only man who really does it for her. With all other guys guaranteed to be totally meh, she’s in last-chance saloon: it’s either an X-rated fling with her ex, or straight to!

Mira Lyn talks about The S Before Ex at I(Heart)Presents

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Once Touched, Never Forgotten - Natasha Tate


London executive Stephen Whitefield was definitely not proud to be a Whitefield, especially now that his grandfather and cousin demanded he give up Colette Huntington a pastry chef who worked for their hotel, the Grand.  Stephen had issues with his family and concerning the death of his mother.  But he wasn't ready to give up Colette, not yet.  However, what he didn't count on was her overhearing the argument he was having at the moment.  What Stephen also didn't know was that Colette was carrying his child and was planning to runaway from him.  They had agreed to a no fuss affair and when it was time they would both walk away with no regrets. 

That's exactly what  Colette did, she returned home to New York to have her baby.  She didn't want to trap a man because she knew what it was like to grow up with two parents who had gotten married because they were expecting a baby.  She also knew that her father only married her mother because she was carrying his child, a child he didn't love.  She was not going to have that for her daughter.  When she was together with Stephen, he made it very clear that he didn't want marriage, love nor children.  So, she believed she had definitely made the right choice and decision.

Once Touched, Never Forgotten was a befitting title for this book because neither Stephen nor Colette would ever forget the passion and chemistry they both shared.  So five years later when Stephen turned up and purchased the Renaissance Hotel Colette was working at as a chef .  you can imagine the shock for both of them.  However, there was going to be more of a shock when Stephen learned that Colette had a child, his child a little "princess" named Emma.

Talk about a shock for him and heartache for the years he missed from his darling daughters life.  He was furious and determined that he would marry the mother of his child and make them a family.  Due to the lack of love during her childhood, Colette was determined to drag her feet and her answer was no.  However, in the end she gave in for every one's sake because she knew she couldn't resist him, nor his advances and her heart broke because she realized she still loved him, would always love him.

If you wanted to read a sweet romance, then Once Touched, Never Forgotten is definitely not for you.  It's intensity stole my breath away.  Colette never thought she had been good enough for Stephen` but all she wanted was for him to love her.  Love was the only option for her but Stephen couldn't give it to her.  He loved his daughter, he respected Colette but he couldn't love her.  Reading all of this, about both of their pasts broke my heart.  I kept cheering for them but too much of each of their pasts kept creeping up.  However, like all good love stories, there has to be the good and the bad and somehow it took her crashing Stephen's grandfather's party for the light bulb to come on for him.`  Because he realized he had actually needed her, his Colette!  Once Touched, Never Forgotten was a simply fabulous romance, one I highly recommend.  However, have the Kleenex ready!

Back Blurb:

Super-exec Stephen Whitfield and high-flying colleague Colette Huntington both understand the rules of their attraction. One: it will never be anything more than a fling. Two: either can walk away at any time they wish.

Only, Colette hasn't counted on walking away pregnant. And, to Stephen's frustration, after Colette other women don't seem to provide quite the same satisfaction.

Now Stephen's going to lay down some new rules—rules that will most definitely give him the opportunity to indulge his craving for Colette once more.…

Dating and Other Dangers - Natalie Anderson

Dating and Other Dangers, by Natalie Anderson was a fast-paced and fun romance to read.

Nadia Kennan`had a website dedicated to women speaking out on subjects that pertained to dating and other issues which affected women.  It was called WomanBWarned and some women had posted about dating a man, Ethan Rush.  How he would only date them three times and then send flowers.  He was a "commitment".  Later one learned that his failure to want a relationship was due to his cheating father and hiss his fat5her's father's failed marriage had not only hurt his mother it had also hurt his sisters and himself. 
Nadia was a cute, short and petite woman and when Ethan approached her concerning her post and was hopping mad, the outcome was they both agreed to the three date rule.  In fact, after the first, Nadia began too post on her site.  Ethan wasn't going to stand for it, so he also created a blog and got his mates to also post.  Besides posting on her website, Nadia was also a Human Resources manager employed by quite a large firm.  She had originally grown up in a small town and was determined to move to the big city.  She was a success and couldn't seem to fight her attraction for Ethan.  After one date, there were two and she was anxiously awaiting to receive the "break-up flowers".  However, after spending time making love, she didn't want it to end.

The third date, Ethan surprised Nadia by taking her to a family event.  She got a glimpse of Ethan's father and how closed off  became.  The chemistry between this couple seemed to double in size.  Secretly, Nadia wanted more and Ethan fought it every step of the way.  Why I wondered?  Was he afraid or were they both?  Complicated doesn't even describe their relationship.  Sexually and emotionally they were both tied in knots.

When they were around each other their emotions ran high and then for Nadia the worst thing happened, she was fired for being on the Internet at work.  Emotions, anger and frustration ran high for them both and in the end they split.  In the end, they both realized they deserved happiness, each other and the final chapters were extremely endearing to read.  I felt warm and fuzzy when Ethan finally realized he wanted more than just sex, that he wanted Nadia's heart, warmth and affection forever.

Back Blurb:

Nadia Keenan’s first date Dos and Don’ts:

1. Do boost your confidence by looking hot
2. Don’t put out until at least date two
3. If the man is trouble (however sexy!) do report all on

After being trashed on Nadia’s website, serial dater-and-dumper Ethan Rush is about to put Nadia’s rules to the test! He’s determined to change her mind about him. She’s determined to prove him for the cad he is. Let the battle of the dates begin…

Friday, October 07, 2011

Meet Lynne Sears Williams / Giveaway

Lynne Sears Williams was born in Canada, afflicted with a law degree. There were only ten houses on her street, four kids went to law school; clearly the water was contaminated.

In the 2nd year of law school, Lynne saw the school ‘playboy’ carrying a huge fantasy novel. Certain that her wedding ring flashed protective bolts of lightning, she asked how he found time for ‘free reading.’ “If I didn’t read something that wasn’t law, I’d lose my mind.” Incredible! The kid had a point that didn’t include hitting on Lynne.

Armed with knowledge, Lynne went home, picked up the first book at hand, read, then fell asleep. She was transported into a dream, where there was a great looking guy, a beautiful woman, with cold wind blowing from an ocean.

As the days went by, each time she closed her eyes it was like watching a movie as the characters became real. Evan, who was a king, had two cousins. The woman’s name was Morleyna and Lynne knew a grudge separated the two kingdoms.

Lynne gave up trying to understand the Tort Contract Matrix during an honors lecture. On a page where she was supposed to write Brilliant Notes, Lynne decided to draw a map of the country she’d been seeing. A mountain range here, a different kingdom there and when she got home Lynne opened an encyclopedia; she had drawn a map of Wales. A laptop appeared and a story was born.

Lynne worked as a freelance journalist for the Canadian and American Medical Associations Journals. Law professor Chris Levy and Lynne co-authored a legal article published by The Alberta Law Review. Lynne credits Professor Levy for his eagle eyes on detail. She finished her law degree at the University of Madison, Wisconsin and interned at District 4’s Madison Court of Appeal for her final semester.

Back Cover blurb:

9th century Wales...

Evan, king of Powys, returns from a wedding to find a village ransacked, with women and children dead. Neighboring Gwynedd has broken the peace, crossing the mountain to pillage and murder. The dead babes tear his heart, and Evan vows to break the heart of Gwynedd.

Gwynedd’s most guarded treasure is a pampered princess. In a bloody raid, Evan’s comrades return to Powys with Gwynedd’s heart.

Evan knows holding the princess will be dangerous and her safe-keeping may mean the difference between the lasting peace he desires and a bloody war. He’s prepared for her to be kept safe but unprepared for the girl’s intelligence, compassion and damnably kissable mouth.

“Evan took in the vision of a scarlet gown, which barely disguised the shapely form and a river of black curls that caressed to girl’s waist. Oh, Lord. He wished he had ordered sackcloth.”

Morleyna’s secret gift of Sight reveals a cruel betrayal that sends Evan on a mystical journey where he discovers his only chance for redemption rests in the hands of his captive.

Her brothers will arrive to claim their sapphire-eyed sister. Will her kinsmen, bent on revenge, destroy Evan and his comrades? Or will destruction come from Morleyna who may be the reincarnation of someone whose beauty captivated a nation?

Lynne, I would like to congratulate on your latest release.

Thank you!

Is there a behind the book story?

Yes. In a rather strange way it mimics what happens in The Comrades. In my 2nd year of law school, I saw the school playboy with a huge fantasy book. Making certain my wedding ring flashed protective bolts of lightning I asked him how he found time for 'free reading.' Playboy answered if he didn't read something that wasn't law, he'd lose his mind. Incredible! The kid had a plan which didn't include include hitting on me! Armed with knowledge, I went home after school, grabbed the first novel I saw [Tolkien] read for a bit, then fell asleep. I dreamt about a handsome man, a beautiful woman and *knew* that a grudge meant they would never meet.

Do you plot your stories or lead your characters lead you?

In this case, the character's abducted me and planted me in their century. All I could see was them, their likes, and their enemies. Then they tossed a laptop at me and I was told to write their story.

How long have you been writing and what was your call story?

I had been writing as a journalist for years, then as a law student. This was my first foray into historical fiction.

What are you currently working on?

The second book of the series, which is called 'Gareth's Tale.'

Of all of your characters, do you have a favorite you identify with and why?

Gareth. He is the 'bad boy' of the three cousins in The Comrades, sarcastic and enjoys danger, women and drinking. I don't have a preference for women but as to the rest? At some points in my life I have been quite a lot like Gareth.

What is the best thing about your job as an author?

You can write wearing your pj's.

What is the hardest thing?

Editing. 'Killing your darling's' with a knife at your throat.

What kind of daily schedule do you have?

It varies. Exercise is good, writing is good, cleaning bytes.

What types of things interrupt your writing?

People. Sometimes a person ventures into my lair to do something. I will hold up my left hand to indicate 'stop!' and finish the sentence I was working on.

Describe a day in the life of Lynne.

Wake up at noon, eat, write, exercise, rinse, repeat.

If a movie was made about your life, who would you like to see play the lead role as you?

Anne Hathaway, whose character in The Devil Wears Prada nicely summed up my obsession with jewelry, clothes and rocking footwear. I always order gorgeous boots from E-bay. Like fashion a lot; do not want to sell my soul to get it.

What is something you definitely want readers to know about you?

I have had MS for years. It's a disease that flares nasty for a while, then stops. If there is anything people who are ill need to know is that sometimes we can achieve the impossible. Hang in, hang on, keep trying.

When the time comes for you to retire from writing, what would you like your readers to remember the most about you and your writing?

The fact that one article written for the Canadian Medical Association Journal and a legal article co-authored with a law professor paved the way to the legalization of midwives attending home births in Alberta, Canada. Safe? Yes. The government pays the midwives.

What are you currently reading?

Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor, The Confession by John Grisham and The Snitch, Houdini and Me by John Virgil.

Favorite song?

Currently, 'The Saints are Coming' by Green Day and U2 that has footage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. US fighter pilots went in to to rescue people and drop food and water. New Orleans went down in a nasty way but their up and running now. For me, it sums up: 'if it doesn't kill you, it only makes you stronger.'

Favorite color?


Before I let you go though, is there anything I forgot to ask that you want the readers and fans to know?

Thanks for reading my book and to Romance Readers Buzz for the interview!

Where you can find Lynne:

Website: http:/

Facebook: Lynne Sears Williams

Twitter: Sorry, I am tweet-challenged..

US residents only, a copy of the printed book.  International, the EBook.  One will be chosen.  To be eligible, comment here, leave your email address and where you reside.  Winner will be chosen Oct. 31st.

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