You guys know that I love to cook! I also got hooked on Pinterest because it let me round up lots of recipes to try out. Today I’m sharing my Pinterest recipe board and I hope you guys can find something fun there to cook! Maybe even over this long Labor Day weekend.
There can be no doubt about it. My best friend is my daughter! No matter what we do together, we have an awesome time and I’m blessed that she’s a part of my life.
This is a photo of the two of us at a Mets game. Baseball is one of our favorite things and the Mets are our team. Yes, it’s tough, especially in the last few years, but we hang in there!
We also love many of the same things, like cooking, traveling and writing. I think I’ve mentioned that my daughter wrote her first book, FOLLOWING JANE, and we published it last year. She’s finished a second book and I can’t wait to read that one!
Not to mention that THE LOST will be part of the fabulous ALPHA IMMORTALS box set which will be available in early October.
So what inspired the series? For starters, my love of science. I was, and still am, a science nerd. I love watching all those shows on the Discovery Channel and reading about what’s happening, especially with genetics. It’s what led me to use genetic engineering gone wrong as the basis for the first two books.
As a kid I avidly read all kinds of history books, especially ones dealing with the history of the Americas. It’s how I got the idea to incorporate Mayan practices and the Quechan language to create the otherwordly Hunters like Adam and Christopher.
What’s going to inspire the next one, THE SHATTERED? Yes, I do plan on writing another one. So many of you have been writing to ask about what happens to Sammie and Ryan and they will get their story. Plus, you’ll get to see more of the Carrera clan and find out how they are all doing.
Back to what will inspire it: I don’t know. It’ll definitely be a meld of the first two in the series with the last two. Genetic engineering meets Hunters with special powers. I’ve just got to figure out how who is going to be the ultimate villain and what they want with the Carreras and the Hunters!
It’s #TeaserTuesday so today I’m sharing with you the first chapter from ONE SPECIAL NIGHT.
WARNING: There are spoilers here for JUST ONE NIGHT! Please keep that in mind when reading this teaser!
It’s almost Labor Day and for some New Yorkers, all thoughts turn to tennis with the advent of the annual U.S. Open.
So today’s Man Candy is tennis player David Ferrer.
David is a Spanish tennis player who went pro in 2000 and has been ranked in the Top 10. He has reached the finals and semi-finals of several Grand Slam tournaments over the years and played on a winning Spanish Davis Cup team in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
David is also apparently an avid reader. Sigh. How wonderful!
It’s Freebie Friday and I’ve got two freebies for you!
In honor of the 15th Anniversary of it’s release, NOW AND ALWAYS is free at the following locations:
I’m so excited because I’ve re-released SINS OF THE FLESH! As you can see from the post below, if you bought the print book from Amazon, you can now get the e-book for FREE! I’m also working on the re-release of STRONGER THAN SIN and need your help with choosing the right Man Candy for the cover (and also whether my #ManCandy is better than Kelly’s – Mwah ha ha!) So, the man on the left or right? Pick one for a chance to win autographed copies of both of the original print versions of these books!
I’m so excited to have with me today my friend and fellow author Laura Kaye. Laura’s new release, HARD TO HOLD ONTO, is out today!! Please welcome Laura and take a moment to check out her new book and her giveaway!
Also, many thanks to Laura for donating all of her proceeds for the first two weeks of sales to help our veterans! You know how important I think it is to support our military men, women and their families!
So without further ado, here’s Laura!
We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Laura Kaye’s HARD TO HOLD ON TO! HARD TO HOLD ON TO is a Contemporary Romance filled with suspense and is a novella in the Hard Ink Series, published by Avon Impulse (an imprint of HarperCollins). And if this novella weren’t hot enough on its own, Laura is donating 100% of her proceeds from the first two weeks’ sales to a national non-profit organization that assists veterans transitioning back to civilian life!!
Easy tugged down the covers and gestured for Jenna to get in. She chose the side that would allow her to lie on the uninjured side of her face.
“After what you’ve been through, I don’t want to do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable,” Easy said.
Propping herself on an elbow, Jenna shook her head. “You won’t. You’re the—” She blanched as if she hadn’t meant to say whatever she’d nearly said.
Which made Easy need to know. He crawled on the bed as if lured by the words. “Finish. That. Sentence.”
She eased back onto the pillow, red hair sprawling around her shoulders like silk, and stared up at him. And it took everything Easy had not to settle himself on top of her and tease the words out with his hands and tongue.
“The only one who makes me feel safe,” she whispered.
Satisfaction humming through him, Easy turned and stretched out on his back. Because if he kept looking at her while she was looking at him like that, he might not be able to restrain himself from having what he wanted. A taste. A chance.
None of which she was in any shape for. And given the shitstorm in his head, probably neither was he.
“Good. That’s good,” he murmured, blowing out a long breath. Damn, he was tired. Not just because he hadn’t slept much the night before. But because of the size of the load he’d been shouldering for the past twelve-plus months. If he could only figure out how to put it down. He scrubbed his hands over his face, wishing he could shake himself out of this fucking slump.
If Rimes were here, he’d kick Easy’s ass for being such a morose motherfucker.
But he wasn’t here. Which was the damn problem in a nutshell.
He dropped his arms to the bed and peered over at Jenna.
She lay on her side facing him, hand tucked under her chin, not looking the least bit settled or relaxed.
“You.” She spoke the word without any hesitation, any doubt, any seeming self-consciousness.
“Have me, Jenna. Whatever you want,” he said, his cock stirring no matter how hard he reined himself in.
Holding his gaze, she moved closer until her head rested on his shoulder and her body trapped his arm between them. And, suddenly, she wasn’t fucking close enough.
“Here,” he whispered, lifting his arm and inviting her closer. And damn if his heart didn’t soar when she fitted herself the rest of the way against him, her face against his throat, her breasts against his ribs, her leg curling up onto his thigh.
He wasn’t sure whose sigh was louder. All Easy knew was that this was the first time in more than a year he didn’t feel alone. Wrapping his arm around her, he couldn’t resist squeezing her in just a little closer.
“Thank you,” she whispered, her breath ticklish against his neck.
He laced his fingers between hers where they rested on his chest. “I gotchu. You just close your eyes and know I’m here.”
Did you have a favorite line? Thanks for reading!
About Hard To Hold On To:
Edward “Easy” Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves—which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight. He may have just met her, but Jenna’s the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago.
Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can’t describe how he makes her feel–and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude.
As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.
Other Books in the Hard Ink Series:
Hard to Come By (11/25/14)
Hard to Be Good (3/10/15)
Praise for the Hard Ink Series:
For Hard As You Can:
“TOP PICK! There is a sinister and desperate edge to this tale that will keep readers glued to their seats. Kaye has dark romantic suspense nailed!” ~ RT Book Reviews Magazine
“Hard As You Can is another five star read. The characters Ms. Kaye has created are wonderfully broken and the drama is gritty, but the burgeoning romance and the tight-knitted relationship of the team leaves you with a sense of redemption. A must read series!” ~San Francisco Book Review
For Hard As It Gets:
“Edgy, sexy and full of suspense! A great read from a great new author!” ~ #1 NYT Bestselling Author J.R. Ward
“Sizzling romance… The intriguing tattoo parlor and military background will appeal to fans of Suzanne Brockmann and Lindsay McKenna.” ~Publishers Weekly Review
“Kaye’s depiction of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks’ KGI and Julia Ann Walker’s Black Knight’s series.” ~Booklist
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
I’ve only caught this show a few times, but the lead has definitely caught my eye! Sexy Anson Mount plays Cullen Bohannon in AMC’s television show Hell on Wheels.
Hell on Wheels is a Western about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.
Anson plays the foreman and chief engineer on the railroad who is using that position to track down the Union soldiers who murdered his wife and child during the Civil War.
Even with all the hair and beard, Anson is a hottie and quite intense on the show as you can see from this promotional photo.
Thanks to the Facebook Fan page for Hell on Wheels for this photo!