#ManCandyMonday Scott Bakula

I didn’t really get into NCIS: Los Angeles, but the one for New Orleans shows promise and I kind of like Scott Bakula. There’s something kind of laid back sexy about him, even as he’s aged.

What do you think? A worthy choice of Man Candy this morning? This is from an Entertainment Tonight Interview!

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#FoodieFriday Dulce de Leche

You see Dulce de Leche everywhere now from ice creams to other desserts. Even a limited edition Dulce de Leche Pop Tart. You know you’ve made it when you’re immortalized in a Pop Tart! LOL!

But for Latins, Dulce de Leche has been around forever. My mom and grandma used to make it all the time for us as kids.

What exactly is Dulce de Leche? Literally translated it means “milk candy” and it is basically a caramel kind of spread made by heating sweetened milk until it changes color and flavor. Technically, that process is known as a Maillard reaction, but forget that! All you need to know is that it’s really tasty.

Also, just to confuse things, Cubans have another dessert called dulce de leche which is made with curdled milk that is then sweetened, but that’s not what we’re going to make today.

Actually, for those who are kitchen-challenged, Dulce de Leche is much easier to find today in the ethnic food section. La Lechera has an assortment of Dulce de Leche products, including one in a squeeze bottle for drizzling onto desserts or straight into your mouth.

How do you make it? Well, it’s both simple and DANGEROUS. I have to repeat DANGEROUS, but that hasn’t stopped Latinos from making it this way for a very long time.

It all starts with . . . Can you guess? It’s that go to in Latin kitchens: Sweetened Condensed Milk.

Why a go to? Well, we weren’t well off and when you needed something sweet, a spoonful of dulce de leche or a cup filled with crumbled soda crackers and topped with condensed milk did the trick.

Plus, it’s a basic ingredient in flan, tres leches, bread pudding, you name it.

But back to making Dulce de Leche and the DANGER of it. The easiest, but DANGEROUS way is to full a large pot with water and drop in an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk.

Bring to boil and boil for about two to three hours. NEVER LET THE POT RUN DRY. If you do, the pressure will build inside the unopened can and it will EXPLODE.

Just ask my poor sister-in-law who ended up cleaning dulce de leche from her ceiling.

So that’s it. Drop and boil and then chill in the fridge. For a thicker darker dulce de leche, boil the can even longer. It will be as thick and dark as peanut butter, but oh so tasty!

Let me know if you try it and if you do, how you like it!

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Speaking of sweet, don’t forget these sweet deals going on right now!
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In Memory of 9-11-2001

It’s 9-11 again today. Thirteen years have gone by and yet that day is still alive in my mind and in my heart, especially with all the troubling events of the past few years.

All I can say is, we can never forget the innocents that lost their lives that day or the men and women who came to their assistance and gave all.

We cannot forget our military men and women who served and died at the Pentagon.

We cannot forget the brave Americans on Flight 93 who fought back against Muslim extremists to prevent others from dying.

We cannot appease those who will not be appeased. Chamberlain learned that the hard way with Hitler.

We cannot be weak for our enemies will seize on that weakness for their own gain.

We must stay strong in our resolve that this should never happen again. Not on American soil. Not at our U.S. embassies and compounds such as Benghazi.

Not to our friends in England or Spain or Bali or India or the multitude of places touched by the hand of extremists.

Not to anyone anywhere.

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#WriteWed Inspiration for Tommy in ONE SPECIAL NIGHT

It’s been a while since I wrote DANGER CALLS in The Calling Vampire Novel series. The hero in that story, Sebastian Reyes, is a computer specialist and definitely not the kind of big, bad ass alpha hero that you see in a lot of paranormal romances.

That was a tough call for me, but I knew that Sebastian was the perfect man to deal with the heroine in that book, Dr. Melissa Danvers. She needed a sensitive man who could understand her and be supportive. A man who wouldn’t mind being younger and dealing with a woman whose profession required a lot of time away from home.

Not to mention a lot of time being the keeper to vampire Ryder Latimer.

Sebastian was very much a beta hero when I wrote him, but morphed into a slightly more alpha hero during revisions on the book.

Jasmine “Doc” Reyes is very similar to Melissa Danvers in some respects. Driven, compassionate and not above risking her life for others. Serious, maybe too serious, at times.

I knew she needed a man who would make her smile and could help her heal. She needed someone strong and protective, but not in that big macho alpha kind of way.

Enter Tommy de Salvo with his big smile and even bigger sense of humor. Tommy is the kind of man who can take away the shadows in Jasmine’s eyes and help her feel whole again.

Tommy is the kind of hero that I wanted Sebastian to be, but just couldn’t get away with in a dark paranormal story.

In ONE SPECIAL NIGHT, a sexy tale of two strangers coming together, it was totally possible to finally explore a very different kind of hero. I hope you’ll take a chance and check out this novella.

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#TeaserTuesday Ensnared by Charisma Knight

EnsnaredI’m lucky to have with me today fellow author Charisma Knight! Charisma is a multi-published author and cover artist, living in the Maryland area with her daughter and husband. You’ll discover her stories are a mixture of erotica and erotic romance containing a wild edge with a little fantasy sprinkled throughout. If you’re an avid reader of Charisma’s stories, don’t be shy—she loves to receive e-mails from readers. You may contact her via her website at www.charismaknight.com.

Charisma is here today to tell us about her latest release, ENSNARED! So without further ado, here’s more about this sexy sci fi fantasy novel!

Blurb

Naturally feisty Charlie Marine plans for an extended vacation on Mars in spite of all the abductions in her area. When she misses her shuttle, a strange Xuldarian man claiming to be a pilot approaches her. Against her better judgment and eager to start her vacation, she takes him up on his offer and discovers she’s been abducted and to be delivered to a Vaakulsian Commander–Rhyker Aluhira.

Rhyker knew from the first time he laid eyes on the tall, dark, and beautiful Earth goddess that he was in for the long haul–only, he didn’t know just how much of a fight she’d put up to preserve her identity. Unlike submissive Xuldarian and Vaakulsian women, Charlie is brave and defiant. Rhyker fears her outspoken ways will soon place her in danger. Can Rhyker and Charlie meet each other half way or will they continue to butt heads in a world where women are expected to be subservient?

Excerpt

Vaakulsia, 2230

Rhyker’s chest tightened as he carefully walked around the bodies of Vaakulsians littering the streets. Crystalline buildings now lay in shattered ruins and a heavy cloud of smoke lingered in the once-beautiful skies of Vaakulsia. Bombs had been dropped, causing large sinkholes to open in the earth. Soot covered his body from the war Earthlings had initiated when he and his leaders refused to allow them to colonize and mine Vaakulsia’s valuable resources.

Choking back tears threatening to fall, he tightened his mouth and continued his search for his wife and child, despite the skull-splitting pain he’d experienced due to the poisons lingering in the air. Planet Vaakulsia was no more, thanks to the war that had raged for the better half of a year. When the war erupted six months ago between the Vaakulsians and the Earthlings, Rhyker and his brother Rhogwaar, along with one hundred and fifty of his men, took to the stars. With the assistance of his Xuldarian friend, Jader, they made an effort to fight the invaders from Earth.

They would have won the war if the humans hadn’t taken things a step further. No one knew exactly just how low they would sink to win not just the battles, but the war. The Agency sunk to biological warfare to end it all after successfully managing to shield Earth from any type of invasion.

Only yesterday, the humans decided to bring out their biggest weapon; the virus they created to hopefully infect and rid the great dragons from their coveted home. No one saw it coming, not even his allies, the Xuldarians. His skin still itched from whatever it was they’d dropped on the planet. His eyes watered and his throat burned and he was sure he didn’t have long to live, but he needed closure—needed to find Mira and Kalen.

More on the Author

You can find out more about Charisma and her books here:

Website: http://charismaknight.com

Blog: http://charismaknight.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CharismaKnight

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charisma.knight.9

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/charismaknight/

Design Site: http://designsbycharisma.yolasite.com

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To purchase ENSNARED and other books by Charisma, check out these retailers:

Sugar and Spice Press

ENSNARED at Amazon

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charisma-Knights-Author-Page/178731968894065?ref=hl

Other books at Amazon

Barnes & Noble

All Romance E-books

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#ManCandyMonday Happy Birthday Mark Harmon!

This man is worth multiple Man Candy entries, IMHO. Mark Harmon turns 64 today and he is still totally sexy! Gosh, I remember him playing footbal for UCLA and his cute role in Summer School.

Not to mention he was People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 1986! Whew, Mark has been sexy for quite a long time.

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Mark Harmon 1 edit1” by Jerry AvenaimOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Click Here to see a video of Mark having fun with his People’s Sexiest award if you can’t see it below!

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#FoodieFriday Tres Leches Cake – Super Easy Style

If you’ve been to a Latin restaurant lately, you know that Tres Leches Cake has become a staple on many dessert menus. It’s sinfully sweet and tasty. Coupled with a nice cup of espresso, your meal is complete.

Of course, you can treat yourself by making this cake at home. For those who are expert bakers and love making a cake from scratch, please go right ahead.

For those of us who are a little more challenged, store bought yellow cake mix is the foundation of this super easy Tres Leches cake! For a little Spanish lesson, “tres leches” means “three milks” and it is three different milks that form the sweet soaking mixture in this recipe.

Ingredients

Yellow Cake Mix

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 can sweetened condensed milk (Not evaporated milk!! I like La Lechera, Magnolia or Eagle Brand)

1 cup whole milk

1 cup whipping cream

Directions

Follow the boxed cake mix directions, but add the 2 teaspoons of vanilla to the cake mix. Bake in a 13×9 inch pan following the cake mix instructions.

Once baked, cool the cake.

Combine the condensed milk (not evaporated), whole milk and whipping cream together until smooth.

With a fork, poke some holes into the top of the cooled cake in the pan. Do not remove the cake from the pan.

Slowly pour the three milk mixture over the cake, letting it soak in. You may have to repeat this step several times until the cake is soaked in.

Cover the cake and let sit overnight to really let it soak in. Before serving, top with whipped cream and cherries!

That’s it? Easy right? I hope you try it and out enjoy this super easy Tres Leches cake recipe.

Want to be daring and mix things up a little? Try adding Frangelico (hazelnut flavor), Amaretto (Almond) or an orange liqueur to the milk mixture for a little but of pop!

Have a great weekend!

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#ThrowbackThursday My Very First Book!

As I’ve mentioned, it’s been 15 years since my very first release, NOW AND ALWAYS! It was so exciting to get “The Call” from the editor saying that they wanted not only that book, but a second. Wow!

I was totally doing the happy dance that day. To celebrate today, NOW AND ALWAYS is free at various locations and is part of the specially priced SOUTH BEACH SIZZLES COLLECTION, now only .99 cents for the month of September.

Today’s throwback is to the cover of RT Magazine which featured NOW AND ALWAYS on the cover. I’m told the very sexy man on the cover is none other than well-known cover model John DeSalvo. I remember the first time my boss saw the cover. He said, “It’s very . . . pink.” I guess he didn’t know what else to say although he’s been a good egg about my writing gig over the last 15 years.

Thanks to RT Book Reviews Magazine! All rights to this cover belong to them.
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#TeaserTuesday Tall, Dark & Paranormal Box Set

I hope everyone had an awesome Labor Day weekend! Hard to believe that the “unofficial” end of summer is here, especially since it’s sweltering in NYC.

The end of summer means we turn our thoughts to other holidays like Halloween! I know, it seems far away, but we are going to blink and it will be the end of October.

Tall Dark and Paranormal Box SetTo celebrate Halloween, I’ll be participating in two box sets: Tall, Dark and Paranormal and Seductive Supernaturals!

Tall, Dark and Paranormal is now available for pre-order. Yeah! My contribution to the box set is SINS OF THE FLESH which I just re-released independently. Thank you for all your support for that book both past and present.

Today’s Teaser Tuesday is a video teaser, namely, my trailer for SINS OF THE FLESH. I hope you enjoy it. Click here if you can’t see the SINS OF THE FLESH trailer below.

To purchase Tall, Dark and Paranormal which is now specially priced at 99 cents for a limited time, you can visit these retailers:

Amazon: http://bit.ly/AMZTDP
KOBO: http://bit.ly/KOBOTDP
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/SMTDP

More retailers will be available shortly!

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#CoverReveal Rocking Ashton by Kacey Hamford

Happy Labor Day! I know it’s #ManCandyMonday, but today we’re doing something a little different: A cover reveal!

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Here’s a little teaser about the book:

When Marcy is faced with tough decisions after facing the loss of her father, will she run or will she stay and fight for her man?

Marcy’s story continues in book 4 of the Rocking series with yet more tests of her relationship with Rick and her best friend Esme. With the arrival of Ashton, Rick’s son, Marcy needs to decide what she wants from her life and with her own revelations, both her and Rick have some decisions to make.

But with Ashton’s birth mother turning up on numerous occasions, both Rick and Marcy are in for a rough ride, one that will follow them through Rick’s tour with Flix and will penetrate every area of their lives.
Rocking Ashton proves to be another rollercoaster ride of emotions that is ‘The Rocking series’.

This book is not only steamy, but also touching and at times heartbreaking. The perfect page turner.

This book has some sexual content and heavy language. Not intended for people under the age of 18.

You can purchase Rocking Ashton here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00N552HDK
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N552HDK

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