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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Book Fun Friday Welcomes Katie O'Boyle



Welcome to Book Fun Friday and Happy Friday and Happy Third Day of Autumn. Can you believe Autumn is upon us? Wow….my favorite months are ahead. And you’ll love the Fall lineup I have. Lots of spooky themes for the month of October, holiday jewels starting November 30th through early January. I’ll roll out a list of upcoming guest authors in the next couple of weeks.



Author Bio:

Born in the Finger Lakes of Upstate, New York, Katie O’Boyle loves the area in every season. That’s why she set her Lakeside Porches romances in Tompkins Falls on Chestnut Lake. To the outside world, she’s a tech-savvy college professor. To friends and readers, she’s the author of warm-hearted romance.


Book Title: Finding the Way Back to Love (contemporary romance)

Log Line:

When their love shatters, can they find their way back?

Book Tag Line:

Gwen comes from a wealthy, loving family and devotes her life to helping alcoholics in recovery. Peter, the scarred-for-life son of a hopeless drunk, is dedicated to law enforcement. They’re hot together! She’s a recovering alcoholic herself, though, and he never lost his disdain for alcoholics. When the going gets tough, will their differences destroy their love?
Book Blurb:
Gwen Forrester, gifted psychotherapist and beautiful widow, is stuck in a rut, dating hotties on the fast track. She really wants a life partner, a family, someone to make a difference in their home town. New in town, Officer Peter Shaughnessy, 30, has recovered from the gunshot wound he suffered in a drug bust, but he’s still smarting from years of abuse from his alcoholic father. Gwen thinks it’s fate when her pregnant niece Haley trips the security system at Gwen’s lakeside home and Officer Shaughnessy takes the call. By joining forces to help Haley, Peter and Gwen discover they’re a good team. Long, exhilarating canoe trips convince them they’re on the same page with life. Then a destructive squall lands them on the rocks, and a night of passion reveals painful truths that drive them apart. Will they go to any length to find their way back to love?


Book Blurb:

Gwen took a nervous sip of almost-cold coffee. “I’m sure her mother was no help. Ursula is completely self-absorbed. She probably threw Haley out on the street.” She used a piece of bagel to push the rest of her omelet into the center of the plate and rested the bagel on top. “Haley and I didn’t get into the hard questions last night. All I know is she came here by bus with a duffle full of dirty clothes—none of them maternity clothes—and a stash of cash.”
“She told me last night she walked here from the bus station,” Peter said.
“I didn’t even know she was coming.” Tears burned Gwen’s eyes. “I realized this morning, she had left me about six messages from four o’clock on. I should have been here for her.”
“Gwen, you were here for her.” Peter’s voice was gentle. “Your timing was just off a little. And maybe it’s not a bad thing that the police confronted her for breaking in last night. It’s a wake-up call that she’s making some desperate decisions. Bad ones.”
“You’re a wise man, Officer Shaughnessy.” Gwen dabbed at her eyes with her napkin and gave him a grateful smile.
“I have a sister. She made some bad choices at that age, too.”
He drank down his juice and slid off the stool with a fluid motion that rippled the muscles of his torso, under his tight, white T-shirt. A thrill shot through Gwen.

Question for You Dear Read (leave your question in the comments below!)

Do you have a favorite cookie recipe?

Here's One From Katie:
Gwen is a psychotherapist, but she doesn’t need a Ph.D. to know food is the way to a man’s heart and cookies save the day when the going gets tough! Occasionally, she chooses a recipe that had healthy ingredients. The better to rationalize seconds...


Here’s Gwen’s recipe for Almond-Butter Quinoa Bars. I’ve modified it to use a non-sodium baking powder and no salt, but you may want to use a teaspoon of baking powder and ¼ tsp. salt.

Almond-Butter Quinoa Bars

¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup crunchy almond butter
2 large eggs at room temperature
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
¾ cup quinoa flour
1 tsp. Featherweight baking powder substitute
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Use a pre-heated 350-degree oven and an 8-inch foil-lined baking pan.

Beat butter and almond butter until creamy. Beat in eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla.

Whisk together flour and baking powder. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in chips.

Bake 25-35 minutes until toothpick in center comes out clean. Let cool for 45 minutes. Lift from pan to cutting surface and cut into 24 squares.

Cool completely. May be stored up to 5 days in the refrigerator (if they last that long!)

Each bar has 247 calories and 3 grams of protein.
 


Contact Katie Here:

Twitter: @TompkinsFalls
Facebook: Katie OBoyle Author
Buy Link….
Finding the Way Back To Love, http://tinyurl.com/n8n79gw


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Saturday, September 19, 2015

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Soon and very soon this splendid, spicy, sexy ensemble book will be out! Here's a little sneak preview:





As she waited for him to finish, the waiter came by with the second round of drinks. Carmala idly glanced through the windows near the bar exit. The sky had suddenly darkened, and rain came down in sheets. A loud clap of thunder rattled the glasses hanging from the bar. The sound startled her.
But the thunder wasn’t the real cause of her shock. A man wearing a hoodie paced outside the window. She caught his eyes glaring at her.
Dear God. Guido. What the hell? He’d followed her.
Marc looked up from his phone. “Is something wrong, Carmala?”
She flashed a glance at Marc and then to the window.
He followed her gaze. “Who’s that guy? Is he someone you know?”
Carmala's face burned with embarrassment. Guido was such an asshole. She cleared her throat. “Actually, he’s, er, my boyfriend, Guido. He expected me home. Ah…I’m so sorry.”
“Hey, don’t apologize to me. Should we invite him in?” Marc glanced at his watch. “Actually, I have to scoot. I have a date with my wife. But I think we’re about through here. If you have any further questions, give me a call.” He motioned to the waiter for the check. “This is an exciting opportunity for you. You shouldn’t hesitate to take it.” The waiter produced the check. Marc examined it and inserted money in the bill folder.
“You’ll make the right decision, Carmala—about the job. Call me if you need me.” He kissed her cheek and quickly exited the bar.
Stunned, Carmala sat there for a moment, feeling miffed and mortified. How could Guido embarrass her this way in front of Marc?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Book Fun Friday Welcomes Joanne Guidoccio



Book Fun Friday Welcomes back Joanne Guidoccio
Bio:
In 2008, Joanne took advantage of early retirement and launched a second career as a writer. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories.
Book Title:

The Coming of Arabella

Log Line:

Envy stirs in the hearts of mermaid sisters

Book Tag Line:

On the day of her engagement party, an ex-mermaid’s life is disrupted by the arrival of another mermaid—a sister she has never known.

Book Blurb:
On the day of her engagement party, an ex-mermaid’s life is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of another mermaid—a sister she has never known. Under normal circumstances, Barbara Davies would be overjoyed, but her special day is already wrought with tension. While Barbara is not the first mermaid from the Mediterranean kingdom to settle in small town Ontario, she has yet to reveal her origins to her fiancĂ©. So when Arabella, the gorgeous sister whose disturbing black eyes banished her to the island of Crete, saunters into her life, clutching the arm of Barbara’s discarded lover, a powder keg of emotion is released. Relationships falter and careers stall as envy stirs in the hearts of the sisters.

Book Excerpt:

Arabella threw back her shoulders and gazed down at Barbara. With her heels, she was almost a head taller. “What I need is a relationship with you.”
“A relationship with me?” Barbara repeated. She had been prepared for almost any response but not that one.
“That’s right. BFFs, soul sisters, whatever you want to call those tight bonds these humans have.”
Barbara’s eyes widened. “Do you even know or understand the concept of BFF?”

“Of course, I do. A BFF is a best friend forever. You’re my twin sister. You can’t get any closer than that.”
“It doesn’t work that way,” Barbara said. “You can’t order up BFFs. Friends have the same value systems and look out for each other. I can’t imagine you doing that for me.”
“Or you doing that for me,” Arabella said. “Mama’s explained all the reasons you’ve been avoiding me, and I do understand the envy and bitterness.” She shuddered. “I can’t imagine losing everything like you did. I don’t know what I would do. But that’s neither here or there. I’m a part of your life, whether you like it or not. And I’m not going anywhere. So, you better start being nice to me.”
“Are you threatening me?”
Arabella smiled and tossed her hair. “Everyone in your circle likes me. How would it look if you ignored me?”
Question for you Dear Reader:

How would you react if a sibling or BFF ruined your special day (engagement party, wedding, anniversary…)?

Contact Joanne Here:


Buy Links:

Amazon (US):   http://is.gd/DQhWmI
Amazon (Canada):  http://is.gd/JrwC1l
Amazon (UK): http://is.gd/fJ2x4E
Amazon (Australia): http://is.gd/6KovIe
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